ADAM Scott, Wade Ormsby and Scott Strange are tied for the lead heading into the final round of the Australian PGA Championship.
Playing in the final group of the third round Scott fired the best score of the trio with a third round 3-under 69.
Ormsby and Strange each fired 1-under 71 to ensure they maintained a share of the lead heading into Sunday.
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“It was good today to make up a couple of shots and at least get in a share for the lead and stay in the final group for tomorrow,” said Scott.
“But it’s a really bunched leaderboard and whoever has a good round tomorrow’s going to be able to do it.”
Scott believes a fast start will be necessary to ensure his name appears for a second time on the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
“I need to go out and get off to a good start,” added Scott.
“That’s the best thing I can do for so many reasons; to give myself the advantage, whether it’s from a crowd cheering perspective and just the rhythm of the tournament perspective.”
RACV Royal Pines Resort has the potential to offer up a low round with the key, according to Scott, being a hot putter.
“Hopefully the wind is down a little tomorrow and there could be a few birdies up for grabs out there.”
“Certainly there are some eagle looks as well, so, I just need to get a few putts going in.”
“The winner ends up making putts, so I need to make a few tomorrow.”
Strange will play in the final group tomorrow with Scott but it unfazed by his position at the top of the leaderboard or the company he keeps.
“I’ve been in this position a lot of times in tournaments before and it doesn’t change the way you play, so it doesn’t change the way you feel,” said Strange.
“I guess the back nine is probably when I’ll probably start feeling a little bit here and there.”
“If you come out tomorrow and you keep your head on and play well, you’re going to win.”
A win tomorrow would cap off an excellent season for Ormsby who finished the leading Australian on the European Tour this year.
“Professionally it’s nice to get a win, home soil, end of the year; top it off nicely,” said Ormsby.
“So we’ll just wait and see.”
Sitting a shot back of the leaders are Boo Weekley and Jason Scrivener who fired third rounds of 3-under and 4-under the card respectively.
Firing the round of the day, 5-under 67, Michael Hendry is outright 6th on the leaderboard at 8-under the card.
The final round of the Australian PGA Championship will tee off at 7am tomorrow with the final group of Adam Scott and Scott Strange on course at 11.45am.