ADAM SCOTT is just three strokes off the lead and a real chance of grabbing his second major golf title this year going into the final day of the 2013 British Open.
Scott shot a 1-under 71 in the third round, one of the few golfers on the day to better par on a baked Muirfield course.
The 33 year old Aussie was on even par for the tournament at the close of play with England’s Lee Westwood (71) leading on 3-under.
Tiger Woods (72) and Hunter Mahan (68) shared second place on 1-under with Scott outright fourth.
Westwood and Mahan will be the final group on Sunday while Scott will play with Woods in the penultimate pairing.
Woods is seeking his first major title in five years but has never won from behind while Westwood has been a perennial bridesmaid in these events. Mahan, who had the equal best round of the day, could be a real danger.
Scoring is expected to remain tight on Sunday, which still gives Jason Day, who is battling on with a wrist injury, a chance of contending. Day shot a third round 72 and sits on 3-over tied for 11th.
Scott, who in April this year became the first Australian golfer to win the US Masters, led the British Open last year by four strokes with four holes to play before capitulating. A win here would be a remarkable achievement.
“I think I go out there tomorrow not carrying the weight of the lead or not having won a major,” a hopeful Scott said.
“So it’s a different feeling (from last year).
“Hopefully I can play enough quality shots to give myself chances to be in the hunt right at the end.”
“… It would be a fairy tale if were to happen. They do occasionally happen, so I’m not counting myself out of it at all.”
An Australian hasn’t won the Open Championship since Greg Norman’s triumph at Royal St George’s in 1993.
Day, who has been a runner up three times in majors in his relatively short career, was also feeling confident.
“Sunday golf at a major championship with a lot on the line, anything can happen,” said Day, who tied second at the US Open last month.
Final round coverage is scheduled to begin on Fox Sports at 8pm Sunday.2013 British Open Leaderboard