Adam Scott has given his US Open hopes a major boost with a hot first round at sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.
The world No.64 was forced to tee up in gruelling, 36-hole qualifying but is off to a flyer having shot a bogey-free round of six-under-par 66 at the more difficult Brookside Country Club.
With 14 spots up for grabs at the elite Columbus site, the former Masters winner is tied for the lead alongside four others and Scott will tee off at the easier Lakes golf course at 2.30pm Eastern time.
Scott is one of 14 Australians teeing it up at 10 sectional qualifying sites across America, with the next best hope at the nearby Springfield, Ohio site.
At Springfield Country Club, Australia's David Lutterus, an Ohio resident, holds the outright lead at five under with play still underway and five spots on offer.
Scott is determined to book his place in the US Open field for Shinnecock Hills, where he can keep his phenomenal active streak in the majors alive.
Having played every major since the 2001 British Open, Scott's 67 straight is second only to Sergio Garcia (75).