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Adam Scott is currently four shots ahead of Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Australian Open after another solid four under 68 on Saturday.
A win at Royal Sydney will seal his country’s ‘triple crown’ after he won the Australian PGA and Masters recently.
Scott started the day two ahead of McIlroy, but he moved clear after picking up four birdies on the front nine, which included three in a row from the seventh hole.
His back nine started with a bogey but he birdied again at the 14th and 18th to move to 16-under-par for the tournament.
Speaking after the round, Scott said: “It’s an exciting position to be in, obviously a great chance to win my national championship tomorrow. And then also win the three events down here which is an unbelievable spot to be in. If you’d told me a month ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.
“One round to go but a lot can happen. It’s a phenomenon playing behind me and I’m sure he’s going to throw plenty at me… but as long as the eye stays in with the putter, I think I should hold on.”
McIlroy, the former world No.1, is yet to win a tournament in 2013 and he started his third round badly. He was five behind after a bogey at the fourth, before picking up a double bogey at the next. He rallied to pick up four birdies, and he is keeping a positive mindset ahead of the final round.
“I played a good back nine, it could have been a couple better, I felt I left a couple out there,” he said.
“There’s plenty of chances out there and it’s just a matter of taking your opportunities when they come.”