Scott shares Honda lead despite Bear Trap mishap

Australia’s Adam Scott finds himself sharing the driving honours despite the famed ‘Bear Trap’ taking a huge four-stroke bite from his lead on day three of the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.

Scott was in cruise control coming to the par three 15th hole but first he put his tee shot into water way right of the green and then in playing a third, the Aussie’s ball rolled off the bank back right behind the green and into an alligator-infested hazard.

The only good thing in Scott’s favour, as he seeks to capture an 11th regular PGA Tour victory and also after finishing runner-up last week in the Northern Trust Open, is that he immediately bounced back with a birdie at the 17th and then parred the final hole in a round of 66, and still the best of the day despite his misadventure at 15, to end at nine under par.

Moments later Spain’s Sergio Garcia two-putted for birdie at 18 in a score 67 to end the day tied with Scott and set up a final head-to-head showdown between two close friends.

And the pair could not be more evenly matched.

If you take away Scott’s historic 2013 Masters triumph the Australian and Spaniard are so very similar.

Scott is aged 35, having been born in July 1980, while Garcia is a few months older after being born in Castellon in January the same year.

Both commenced their international career on the European Tour with Scott having won 26 times around the globe while Garcia has captured 27 events including seven PGA Tour titles and the last being the 2012 Wyndham Championship, and in the very week after qualifying for the 2012 European Ryder Cup side.

The only real contrast is that Scott has a good history of winning early in a season with Scott having enjoyed some seven victories in a New Year ahead of the staging of the Masters while Garcia has had just one victory, the 2014 Qatar Masters, as his only success before the year’s first Major.

Now the pair will go out in the final round putting friendship aside as they strive to get their hands first on the $US 1,098,000 first prize cheque.

“I think we’re both pretty desperate to have a win (Sunday) after putting ourselves in this position, so hopefully we’ll put on a good show,” said Scott, whose last victory came two years ago, after a 66 in capturing the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial.