WORLD number two Adam Scott remains in the lead after round three at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.
The Gold Coaster has a three-shot lead over a surging Keegan Bradley of the United States.
Scott, who led overnight by seven strokes, had a one-under-par round to be 15-under for the tournament.
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Bradley fired a blistering six-under round to finish the day at 12-under.
Matt Every also shot a six-under round to be one stroke behind compatriot Bradley in third along with fellow American Jason Kokrak, who enjoyed five-under for the day.
A victory this week from Scott wouldn’t see him overtake Tigers Woods atop the world rankings but it would move him so near that he could do so in the next few weeks if neither plays again before the Masters, as is expected.
Earlier in the event, Scott fired a stunning opening 10-under-par 62, equalling the course record held by Andy Bean and his fellow Australian Greg Norman.
He made two eagle putts and had three birdie putts longer than 20 feet, one of them from well off the green on the 15th hole.
Tiger Woods withdrew because of a back injury, which he has since said is a bulging disc.