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Adam Scott heating up for Masters

Adam Scott heating up for Masters
Adam Scott hits off the 17th tee Thursday during the first round of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

With some of golf's biggest names taking the week off, Adam Scott seems to be building momentum at the Valspar Championship.

The No. 4-ranked player in the world was one under par through the first 15 holes at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., on Thursday. This comes on the heels of a tie for fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

"It fit really well in my slightly odd schedule this year as far as my first event was last week and with the late start I needed to get some rounds in certainly before the Masters," Scott said before play began.

The Australian seems to be adjusting well after a much-debated rule change that banned the anchored putter. He tried several new models over the off-season and feels confident with his play on the greens.

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He says people have "probably made a bit too much of a big deal about it."

Derek Ernst held the early lead on Thursday at five under. Henrik Stenson and Ernie Els stood just two shots back.

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