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Confidence carries Adam Scott to first-round 69

Before last season, Adam Scott was regarded as one of the best golfer's in the world, having won over thirty tournaments. But he was known just as much for what he had not accomplished, blowing a final round four shot lead in the 2012 British Open, and ultimately earning the title of "golf's best player without a major."

That all changed last April in Augusta when Scott won a memorable sudden death playoff, outdueling Angel Cabrera in two extra holes. "It was the best day of my life," Scott told me. "I've been pleasantly surprised at the confidence it's given me, and I haven't wanted to take the green jacket off since."

That confidence carried over to his first round defending his Masters title, as Scott fired a first round score of 69, one shot back of leader Bill Haas. "Having won last year, I think in some ways has taken a little pressure off me", Scott said. "What was the worst that can happen? I'm still going to be a Masters Champion."

Only Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90), and Tiger Woods (2001-02) have successfully defended their Masters titles. Scott finds himself one shot back of the lead, with 54 holes remaining.

Scott, though, will not allow himself to consider joining that illustrious group just yet. But he's still beaming with pride over last year's victory, and using that "buzz," as he calls it, as fuel this year.

"It's all good vibes. It's really just been a thrilling week for me so far, and to go out and play in conditions like that today is just a treat around here."