Scott leads by three at Australian PGA

Adam Scott will go in to the final round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines holding a three-shot lead over American Rickie Fowler and Victorian David McKenzie.

Scott fired a third round 71 in difficult conditions to be at 10-under, building upon his earlier rounds of 65-67.

Adam Scott Adam Scott leads by three strokes following the third round of the Australian PGA (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“It was a grind for everyone,” said the world number two.

“I didn’t see too many good scores out there. The course was playing tricky, and the wind across the greens made it hard to make a lot of putts.”

Overall Scott was pleased with his round, which increased his overnight leading margin by one.

“I certainly did not have my share of putts out there. I managed to play a really good back nine, took advantage of the par 5′s and I have improved my position just slightly.”

In a tournament promoter’s dream tomorrow’s final pairing will see Scott teeing off with Rickie Fowler.

“It should be great fun out there,” said Fowler.

“We’ve played together in the US and hopefully tomorrow we can both put on a good show for everyone. I’m enjoying every bit being here and just love playing in front of this Aussie crowd.”

Tour journeyman, Michael Wright, fired an impressive 68 to move to 6-under and sits in a tie for 4th alongside Steve Jeffress.

“Without a doubt the wind is what protects this course,” said Wright.

“I’m fortunate I can keep it under the wind or hit through it, because I hit the ball quite low. That definitely is to my advantage around this golf course.”

Marc Leishman, who finished 4th behind Scott at Augusta, fired a 68 to move to 5-under-par and a share of sixth with Gareth Paddison, Nathan Green, Ashley Hall and Jack Wilson.