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Adam Scott holds 3rd-round lead at Australian PGA

November 9, 2013

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Adam Scott shot an even-par 71 on Saturday and extended his lead to three strokes at the Australian PGA going into Sunday’s final round at a wind-swept Royal Pines.

Scott, playing the first of four consecutive tournaments in Australia and for the first time since his U.S. Masters triumph in April, had a three-round total of 10-under 203. He led by two shots after the second round.

He’ll play in Sunday’s final group with American Rickie Fowler, who also shot 71 and was tied for second with Australian David McKenzie, who shot 72.

Australian Marc Leishman shot 68 and was in a group of five tied for sixth, five strokes behind Scott.

“It was a grind for everyone, “Scott said. “I didn’t see too many good scores out there.”

He bogeyed the par-4 seventh and eighth holes before making birdie on the par-5 12th and 15th holes.

“I just tried to play a little better on the back nine, and took advantage of the par-5s,” he said.

“Later in the day when the wind picks up, it’s a bit of a luck of the draw coming into the greens low and at slow speed.”

He felt fortunate to increase his lead in such tough conditions.

“I’ve improved my spot just slightly,” Scott said. “I would have taken that score at this stage of the tournament.”

Fowler was wayward with some of his tee shots, which cost him when it came to birdie opportunities on the greens.

“Tomorrow, I’d like to play on the fairways a little bit more,” he said. “I haven’t been able to get the balls as close as I’d like.

“If the breeze stays up, it will be tough. The fairways aren’t too generous. But I’m looking forward to play with Adam, he’s a great guy and fun to play with.”