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Scott leads Australian Masters

2013-11-16 09:00
Adam Scott (AFP)

Melbourne - Defending champion Adam Scott will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after another dominant round at Royal Melbourne on Saturday.

The Augusta Masters winner leads a group of four -- among them, Fijian former world number one Vijay Singh -- as he bids for back-to-back Australian tournament victories after winning last week's Australian PGA title on the Gold Coast.

World number two Scott fired seven birdies and two bogeys in a five-under 66 to be on 14 under.

"It was a good round out there today for sure, it puts me in really good position for tomorrow," Scott said.

"If there's enough holes with that quality of golf tomorrow, a good score is going to be out there for me.

"I'm giving myself so many opportunities every round. If I do that, I'm going to make a few of them (birdies).

"And if I make a few of them, it'll be hard for the others to have enough."

Singh surged into contention with seven birdies and an eagle in his eight-under 63 to be in a tie for second with Australians Nathan Holman, Nick Cullen and Matthew Griffin.

Singh, the three-time major winner, is searching for his first tournament victory since 2008.

The 50-year-old -- who started the day on two under par, seven behind Scott and Holman -- showed the worth of his recent switch from a long putter to a conventional one, putting impressively during his round.

"The first nine holes was incredible, I thought I could have birdied every hole. I was three under but the first eight holes I didn't hit anything outside of 10 feet," Singh said.

"It's a good feeling, it gets your blood flowing again."

Scott looked on track for a similar round, when he picked up five shots on the front nine, which he ended with three straight birdies.

That took him to 14 under par and a four-shot lead at the turn.

The US Masters champion briefly slipped up, three-putting twice in succession for bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes to slip back to 12 under.

Scott regained his buffer, though, with a comfortable birdie on the par-5 15th and another on the 17th.

Scott will go head-to-head with Singh in the final group on Sunday.

American world number eight Matt Kuchar was a shot further back on nine under after a third round 67.

Australian Scott Strange aced a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th which landed him a six litre bottle of premium wine.

It was slightly downhill and downwind. It pitched probably six yards short and bounced up and ran in," said Strange. who hit a 9-iron 152 metres to achieve the feat.

Leading scores after the third round of the Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne (par-71) on Saturday (Australia unless stated):

199 - Adam Scott 67-66-66

203 - Vijay Singh (FIJ) 72-68-63, Nick Cullen 65-69-69, Matthew Griffin 69-65-69, Nathan Holman 68-65-70

204 - Matt Kuchar (USA) 71-66-67

205 - Ryan Fox (NZL) 68-71-66

206 - Brendon De Jonge (ZIM) 68-70-68

208 - Brody Ninyette 68-70-70

210 - Mathew Goggin 72-71-67, Geoff Ogilvy 71-72-67, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 69-72-69, Jason Scrivener 69-71-70, Matthew Millar 69-70-71

211 - Aron Price 73-71-67, Matthew Guyatt 71-70-70, Clint Rice 69-71-71, Maximillian Kieffer (GER) 67-72-72, Jason Norris 69-69-73

Selected scores:

214 - Cheng-Tsung Pan (TPE) 70-73-71, Jin Jeong (KOR) 73-70-71

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