Scott’s third round of 65 was the best of the day over the South Course and improved him from a share of 9th through 36 holes to second position. An almost perfect start with a birdie at the 1st was followed by a holed pitch from 100 yards at the second and the momentum was already beginning to build.
A slight hiccup came when he found the fairway bunker at the 4th and took bogey but four more birdies before the turn had him out in 30. He capped off the round with a birdie at the last and when Rose surprisingly found the water at his final hole and took bogey the gap was just three.
Interestingly this is Scott's debut in the event and just second tournament in nearly three months so the form he is displaying is even more encouraging.
Using the "flag in" method on essentially all putts he has found a comfort zone on the greens although his all round game was again impressive.
Should Scott find a way to run down Rose tomorrow and take the title he would see his world ranking improve to inside the top 25 from his current 42nd and he would secure his highest ranking in 16 months. Either way it has been an encouraging return to form for the former world number one.
Scott is one ahead of 2017 champion Jon Rahm with Doug Ghim another shot back in 4th place.
Defending champion Jason Day is the next best of the Australians in 16th place, Matt Jones is 36th, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman 48th, with Cameron Davis and John Senden 65th.
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