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Adam Scott hails calm approach for opening day 69

Adam Scott believes he’s a calmer golfer at this year’s Masters and felt far less nervous during his opening round because he won the event last year.

The Australian carded an impressive three-under par 69 in his opening round at Augusta on Thursday which matched his 2013 first-round score.

However, in stark contrast to 12 months ago, Scott says the nerves which plagued him on the early holes have departed – revealing he’s far more composed this time around.

"Winning calms you down here," he told Sky Sports. "It was calmest start I've ever had here.

"It was a pleasure to be out there today. It was an honour having the patrons coming to every tee."

The 33-year-old was delighted with his round, which saw him card five birdies, with his only drop shots coming courtesy of a double-bogey at the 12th.

"I played really well today from tee to green," he said. "I just hit one bad shot on the 12th but I played really lovely.

"I left a couple out there with three putts on the back but that happens when you are putting from range out here. I'm pleased with my start, though and it is something to build on for sure."