Saturday 18 November 2017

McIlroy unable to outpace 'remarkable' Scott in Sydney

Adam Scott of Australia celebrates sinking his birdie putt on the 18th hole during day three of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club
Adam Scott of Australia celebrates sinking his birdie putt on the 18th hole during day three of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club

Adam Scott stretched his lead to four shots ahead of the final round of the Australian Open with Rory McIlroy the only real challenger remaining after a big day at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Scott blotted his scorecard with two bogeys in a third round of 68, but that compared well with the four he recorded on Friday after his blistering opening effort of 62.

A run of three birdies between the seventh and ninth ensured he remained the right side of par on the day, and helped him pull four shots clear of McIlroy, who ran into trouble early with a bogey on the fourth and a double bogey on the fifth, before recovering with four birdies between the seventh and 14th on the way to a round of 70. With McIlroy a further four shots clear of Matthew Jones, Richard Green and Max McCardie in a three-way tie for third, it appears unlikely that this morning's winner will come from anywhere other than the top two.

Of those three, only McCardie showed any real form yesterday, carding a 69.

Stuart Appleby moved up to a share of sixth with a round of 67, while Jason Day got himself into the top 10 with a 66, a mark equalled by Mark Brown and Anthony Murdaca on the day but not bettered.

Earlier this month, Scott won the Australian PGA Championship and the Talisker Masters and chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia Brian Thorburn is delighted with Scott's achievements. Referring to not only his Australian PGA and Masters wins but also his World Cup of Golf title, in the company of Day, Thorburn said that what Scott has "achieved over the last four weeks is remarkable".

Sunday Independent

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