Adam Scott's first round at the PGA Championship proved he has put any memories of his British Open debacle three weeks ago behind him - or, at least, suppressed them.
Scott fired an impressive opening-round 68 at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course on Thursday to reach 4 under for the tournament and two shots behind leader Carl Pettersson. His round included five birdies, a lone bogey and no signs of any lost confidence from his last major championship appearance.
At the British Open, Scott was on the cusp of winning his first major before succumbing to a flurry of bogies on his final four holes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Hall of Famer Ernie Els was the beneficiary of Scott's downfall, capturing his second British Open championship.
Scott is confident that his British Open experience has taught him how to handle a major lead.
"If I was in that position again, I'd feel like I'm playing pretty good, so at that point, I'd be quite confident," Scott said. "I've generally been a good closer of golf tournaments in my career. If I was in that position, I'd like to turn it around this time and close the golf tournament out."