Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Scott has chance of redemption

Adam Scott carded a third-round 69 to trail by one (AP)

Nine months after blowing a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the Open, Adam Scott has the chance to gain redemption by claiming a first major title in the Masters.

Scott carded a third round of 69 at Augusta National to finish six under par, one shot behind 2009 champion Angel Cabrera and American Brandt Snedeker.

And with compatriots Jason Day and Marc Leishman a shot behind in fourth, there is an excellent chance for Australia to break their Masters duck, 17 years after Greg Norman squandered a six-shot lead in the final round.

"It's huge, to win the Masters would be incredible," said Scott, who was joint second here with Day in 2011. "It would be great for Australia and we have never looked better odds-wise other than that one Sunday in 1996.

"I don't think I need to do much different. If I am in the same position tomorrow as I was at the Open then I am obviously playing an incredible round and I will be just trying to finish the job.

"It's going to take a great round. There are too many great players right there. I'm going to need a career round and that's what these big events do for someone. It's a career round that makes them a champion."

Snedeker, who shared the lead in the final round in 2008 but faded to a 77 to finish third, carded a bogey-free 69 on Saturday, starting with 12 pars before picking up birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th.

The 32-year-old, whose 2013 PGA Tour record read third, 23rd, second, second, first before suffering a rib injury, admitted: "I'm like a duck pond; calm on top but heart beating a mile a minute underneath.

"I have done a good job of calming those nerves the first three days so hopefully I can do it again tomorrow."

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