Scott and Dufner tame the Blue Monster

Updated: March 9, 2012

Australia’s Adam Scott and American Jason Dufner both crafted excellent 6-under 66s on a difficult day to tie for the first round lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday.

Newly-crowned world number one Rory McIlroy struggled to a one-over-par 73 while Tiger Woods, who shot the best final-round of his life last Sunday, ended even-par after mixing four bogeys with three birdies and an eagle on his opening hole.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa were both two shots off the pace after shooting four-under 68s.