Adam Scott says he's unfazed by a horror start to his 2018 PGA Tour season, using his return to the Pebble Beach Pro Am to shake off two months' worth of rust.
Ending an eight-year absence from the event, Scott opened with a five-over-par 77 at Spyglass Hill to leave himself a whopping 12 shots behind leaders Kevin Streelman (65, Spyglass) and Beau Hossler (65, Pebble Beach) at seven under.
The 37-year-old Scott hit nine of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in an uncharacteristically mediocre ball-striking display, while he also struggled around the greens.
But he put it down to rust and says he's using the event as a tune-up for the LA Open at Riviera Country Club next week, a happy hunting ground where he's won and finished runner up.
"Yeah it was pretty ordinary but hopefully a quick wakeup to sharpen up," Scott told AAP.
"It's been a while, and I made some errors that show a lot of rust and signs of not having played in a while.
"It's a little more intense next week at Riviera and I thought Pebble might be a more relaxed atmosphere for my return."
Scott used his first competitive round since the Australian PGA Championship in December to reacquaint himself with the short putter after trialling the long stick at the Gold Coast event, where he missed the cut.
The Queenslander also used the longer, broomstick-style putter to become the first Australian to win at Augusta National in 2013.
Although anchoring a putter to the body has since been made illegal, German veteran Bernhard Langer has used it to dominate the PGA seniors circuit.
"I want to stick with the short putter. I thought the long putter was good, but I've been working with the short putter," Scott said.
"I don't want to chop and change, or I won't get anywhere. I want to stick with it. I think in the long run it will be good."
Having not played at Pebble Beach since 2010, former World No.1 Scott says he wanted to start his schedule earlier to be sharp for the Masters in April.
"I had to start somewhere," Scott said.
"If I can put together a few good rounds this week, I'll be quite satisfied."
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press