Adam Scott on his way to a 66 today. Image: Getty
Adam Scott pulled out a blitz plane with seven birds to compete for his first US PGA Tour victory since 2016 at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio today.
The 38-year-old Australian has found a rich form of form this year after a bad 2018.
Scott hit a beautiful eight iron near the par-fourth 18th hole and rolled into the putt for a 66 at the end of a day when he hit the ball with his famous purity and missed only two greens – one of which only on the back edge on the 17th.
Germany's two-time biggest champion, Martin Kaymer, leads the event at 15-under through three rounds, with Scott downright second at 13-under and tomorrow in the final group. The most recent Australian victory over the American Tour was the Cadillac Championship three years ago.
Kaymer, who has not won a tournament anywhere since 2014, has also made a 66 to maintain his lead in a remarkable cash-in story. Of course he is a former world number 1 player who has not only won both the US Open and the US PGA Championship, but has won the Players Championship and sunk the winning battle in the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe
As for Scott, his only mistake he made today was a distance of three putt from the long distance in the par-fourth ninth hole. But he made four birdies on the last nine and showed the benefits of returning to his brother-in-law Brad Malone as a coach.
The 2013 Masters champion has had four top-10 episodes this season to push his world ranking to number 26 again, after diving in the mid-70s last year. He had 29 putts today without decorating anything big. When he was later asked what had caused his improvement, he said: "A little hard work maybe. I don't know. I felt good and managed my mistakes for the first two days. Today I felt better and that is positive in the weekend.
"Look, I would take almost the same round tomorrow with a below-average putting, see how my chances are piling up. But I'm going to need a very good round tomorrow. & # 39; & # 39;
Marc Leishman is also having a good week at the Jack Nicklaus tournament, shooting today at 69 to be 15th, while Aaron Baddeley and Matt Jones are also in the top 20.