The PGA Championship: Day 3
August 13 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — At five shots back entering the final round, Adam Scott still has a chance to win his first career major championship.
“You can make up six shots on the last four holes,” joked Scott after an even-par 70 Saturday.
What the Aussie was referring to wasn’t that a player could make up those strokes with birdies or eagles, but rather by the mistakes that other players could make coming in. And there have certainly been plenty of them so far — just ask Luke Donald.
Scott, on the other hand, has played the 507-yard par-4 18th well for the most part with two pars and a double bogey sandwiched in between.
“It’s a fiddly finishing hole,” Scott said. “It’s probably a great par-5 from 570, but it’s a very fiddly par-4 from 500 or 480.”
Fiddly, in Australian terms, is a euphemism for a much tougher word.
It might not be a great hole in many players eyes, but Scott knows it’s going to take two great shots to win there Sunday, and if he can string together some birdies early, post a number who knows what will happen, especially given the lack of major experience atop the leaderboard.
“It wouldn’t be a very comfortable position to be standing on the 15th tee with a one-shot lead and someone in the clubhouse,” Scott said. “I’ve got no pressure on me [Sunday]; I can just go out and go for it as far as I’m concerned.”
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