Scott follows British flop with solid PGA start

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Adam Scott wasn't going to let a few bad holes at the British Open ruin the best major performance of his life. He showed that Thursday with a 4-under 68 in the first round of the PGA Championship.

Scott held a four-stroke lead over Ernie Els with four holes remaining last month at Royal Latham & St. Annes. But Scott closed with four straight bogeys to drop the tournament -- and the chance for his first major title -- by a stroke to Els.

Scott said it was difficult to throw away what looked like a certain win. However, he liked how he played and wasn't going to let his late problems "spoil my good play."

The Australian was tied for fifth, two shots behind leader Carl Pettersson.