Scott all class at Royal Melbourne

Photo: SMP Images
Photo: SMP Images

ADAM SCOTT is on track to take the second leg of his 2013 Triple Crown attempt with a four shot lead going into the final round of the Talisker Australian Masters.

Scott was again quick off the blocks with a 5-under front nine before giving a couple back early on the back nine to at least give the chasers some hope.

The US Masters champion again stretched the lead to four with two birdies in the closing four holes at a slightly warmer Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

“It was a good round out there today for sure, it puts me in really good position for tomorrow,” said Scott.

“If there’s enough holes with that quality of golf tomorrow, a good score is going to be out there for me.”

The round of the day went to Filian Vijay Singh who shot an 8-under 63 to be tied in second place with South Australian Nick Cullen and Victorians Nathan Holman and Matthew Griffin.

Fifty year old Singh’s round included an eagle on the par-5 15th as well as seven birdies and two bogeys.

“The first nine holes were incredible.  I thought I could have birdied every hole,” said Singh.

“A couple of weeks ago I was in contention so it’s a good feeling.  It gets your blood flowing again.”

Playing alongside Scott, Rookie Professional Holman managed to suppressed his nerves and enjoy the round with his idol.

“It was good to be able to play with Adam and see how he does it. To be playing in front of that many people was pretty special,” said Holman.

“Being so young and sort of inexperienced, playing with him you always want to know what he’s doing. I found at times I was almost trying to hit the same clubs as him.”

Holman’s dream run of playing partners will continue tomorrow as he is set to play the final round with World Number 8 Matt Kuchar, who is outright sixth on 9-under.

New Zealander Ryan Fox outright seventh on 8-under, Zimbabwean Brendon De Jong outright eighth on 7-under and Australian Brody Ninyette outright ninth on 5-under.

Of other highlights of the day, West Australian Scott Strange scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 14th which won him a six litre bottle of Wolf Blass Platinum Label Barossa Shiraz 2002, signed by Wolfgang Blass AM himself.

The final round of the Talisker Masters will tee off at 8am with the lead group of Adam Scott and Vijay Singh out at 1.20pm. Channel 7’s coverage again begins at 12.30pm.

Talisker Australian Masters Leaderboard

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