The bad news for Adam Scott is that he let the field eat into his seven-shot lead at The Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday, the good news is he will play the final round at The Bay Hill Club and Lodge with Keegan Bradley who also has a problem with the flat stick when the pressure is on. The reigning Masters Champ got off to a shaky start in the third round but got back in the clubhouse with a three-shot lead.
It was a mediocre day at best for the 33 year-old Aussie as he put up a three-putt bogey at the first hole and made the turn at one over par before getting the ship righted on the back. Bogeys at 14 and 17 netted a -1 under par 71 and a three shot lead for Sunday’s final round.
“I’ve got a bunch of guys breathing down my neck who all have had nice rounds (Saturday) and are feeling pretty good about the way they’re playing going into (Sunday).”
The early pressure came from 26 year-old Chesson Hadley who was making birdies while the leader was struggling. The winner of the Puerto Rico Open a couple of weeks ago made a nice run on the front that stalled out down the stretch. Hadley carded a -3 under 69 and ended his day five shots back.
The big push came from two -6 under 66’s that came from 2011 PGA Champ, Keegan Bradley, and Matt Every. Bradley ended up at -12 under par, and will play with Scott on Sunday, and Every, at -11 under will play in the next to last group with Jason Kokrak who post a -5 under 67 on Saturday and tied Every for third place.
With Tiger Woods on the sidelines in a tournament that he has owned for most of his career, Adam Scott has his eye on the that number one ranking. A win at Bay Hill would go a long way in securing that position by the time he tee’s it up on the anniversary of his only major win at Augusta.
First things first, though.
“I think I’ve got to try and win the golf tournament (Sunday),” he said. “I’m not trying to win the No. 1 ranking.
Adam Scott has one of the finest golf swings on the PGA Tour, and was able to battle through the flu in the early going to build a nice lead. He has had trouble in his career trying to close the deal, especially when he has some tough competition. We may have seen his best when he beat Angel Cabrera last April at Augusta, but seen his worst in December when he lost a four-shot Sunday lead to Rory McIlroy at The Aussie Open.
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