Tiger's old caddie on top

Adam Scott (right) stands with his caddie Steve Williams on the 12th tee during the first round of...

Adam Scott (right) stands with his caddie Steve Williams on the 12th tee during the first round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2011. (AARON JOSEFCZYK/Reuters)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

AKRON, OHIO - Score one for Steve Williams.

In one of the intriguing subplots at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods' ex-caddie -- Woods is playing his first event since firing Williams last month -- helped guide new boss Adam Scott around the Firestone Country Club in 62 strokes Thursday, giving Scott the first-round lead by one over Jason Day.

"That's kind of run-of-the-mill around here for Steve," Scott said jokingly, referring to Williams having helped Woods to seven wins at Firestone.

"I don't think he knows anything different. I just said, 'guide me around like the last 11 years.'

"He just seems to have a lot of good rounds in him around this place, that's for sure. He didn't think it was a big deal to shoot 62. It was normal."

It would be interesting if Woods, who had an opening round 68 with friend Bryon Bell on the bag, and Scott wound up in the same group. Scott said they still haven't spoken since Williams became Scott's full-time looper.

"This kind of thing happens on the Tour," Scott said. "Just because it's Tiger and Steve, I'm not going to treat it like it's anything different than anyone else going through this. I don't have a problem, but if (Woods) has a problem, then he can definitely tell me."

Scott said he has received a very positive vibe from Williams so far.

"I think he believes in my game, that I can be one of the best players in the world," the Aussie said. "I think he thinks he can help me achieve that, and I believe that, too.

"Everything is very positive and confident with Steve so far, and that's hopefully rubbing off on me."

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