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06/30/2011

Scott, Haas lead after AT&T National's first day

Pair sits at 4-under 66 in crowded Aronimink field
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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Adam Scott, who is gradually regaining the form that vaulted him into golf's upper echelon not long ago, and Hunter Haas, who regained PGA Tour membership this year for the first time since 2005, each fired a 4-under-par 66 at Aronimink Golf Club to share the first-round lead at the fifth-annual AT&T National.

Scott, playing in his first AT&T National since the inaugural event in 2007, birdied three of his first six holes. The Australian finished second at the Masters and tied for sixth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral earlier this year. He holds seven PGA Tour titles, including the 2004 PLAYERS and 2006 TOUR Championship.

Seeking his first PGA Tour victory in his AT&T National debut, Haas rode a blistering start on the back nine, making four consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-16. Haas, who spent the previous five years on the Nationwide Tour and won twice on that circuit in 2010, was a 1999 U.S. Amateur semifinalist and a three-time All-American college golfer at Oklahoma.

PGA Tour rookies Jhonattan Vegas and Kyle Stanley, as well as Dean Wilson and Joe Ogilvie, shot 3-under 67 to share the clubhouse lead among Thursday's morning flight and are one shot out of the lead. Ten golfers, including Rickie Fowler, Justin Leonard and 34-time PGA Tour and three-time major champion Vijay Singh, finished the first round at 2-under 68 to round out a crowded leaderboard.

Vegas won January's Bob Hope Classic while making his second start as a tour member and his fifth career PGA Tour. Stanley, a two-time NCAA individual runner-up, carded four of his six birdies on the back nine. Wilson, who tied for third at the 2008 AT&T National, recorded an eagle on the par-5 16th hole. Ogilvie has played in every AT&T National and recorded his best result in the event last year, tying for 16th.

Defending AT&T National champion Justin Rose and 19-year-old sponsor exemption Patrick Cantlay, the highly-touted amateur who just wrapped up his freshman year at UCLA, each fired an even-par 70 and are tied for 29th. Rose won his second PGA Tour event at last year's AT&T National with a 10-under 270 at Aronimink Golf Club.

Playing on tour for the third consecutive week, Cantlay shot a course-record 10-under 60 in the second round of last week's Travelers Championship and was the low amateur at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, the 2012 AT&T National host course, tying for 21st.