Scott up close in Medinah

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Adam Scott acknowledges the applause on the way to 67 today in Medinah. Image: Getty

Adam Scott's fantastic recent form has continued on the BMW Championship and is in the mix after the first round of the $ US $ 25.25 million PGA Tour playoff event in Chicago.

Scott led much of the day in Medina before being overtaken late by the American Justin Thomas, who equaled the track record at 65.

The Australian made five birdies and an eagle in his opening 67, five under par, to be two shots of the lead and in the top 10.

His worst slip-up was at the end, where he drove into a right-hand fairway bunker and then hit his second shot deep into the ground, just beside the green, shortening himself. After duffing his difficult chip, he missed his par putt and left with a slightly sour taste in his mouth.

However, Scott is still in good shape and has already qualified for the Tour Championship next week due to his strong position in the Fedex Cup points list. He was fifth at the Northern Trust tournament last weekend and has had a solid season, albeit without a win.

The top 30 will advance to Atlanta next week to joust for the Tour Championship and the $ 15 million bonus prize, with a new handicap system.

Jason Day, who needs a top-five finish this week to reach Atlanta, started a parc of two under 70 and Marc Leishman

Former world number 1 Tiger Woods opened with a 71, which did not show many signs of the injury that forced him to withdraw last week.

Late in the day, the American Jason Kokrak matched that of Thomas 65, while Brooks Koepka number 1 is round with his 68.

CAMERON Percy shot a first-round 64 including a hole-out eagle on the par-four 11th hole to tie the lead in the Nationwide Children's & # 39; s Hospital Championship of the Korn Ferry Tour in Ohio.

And in Winnipeg, Canada, Ryan Ruffels started with a 67 to take the lead in three shots in the Players Cup of the Mackenzie Tour.

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