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Adam Scott’s lead is cut more than half

Staked to a seven-shot lead at the start of the third round, the Masters champion hit enough loose shots and missed just enough par putts to lose more than half his lead and turn his quest to be No. 1 in the world into a bigger battle that he would have preferred.


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ORLANDO, Fla. — Adam Scott didn’t have to look as far down the leaderboard to find players who suddenly are a real threat to win at Bay Hill.

He described them as players who are “hungry to win,” and Scott served them up an appetizer Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Staked to a seven-shot lead at the start of the third round, the Masters champion hit enough loose shots and missed just enough par putts to lose more than half his lead and turn his quest to be No. 1 in the world into a bigger battle that he would have preferred.

Scott made a 7-foot par putt on the final hole for a 1-under 71, giving him a three-shot lead over Keegan Bradley going into Sunday.

“I think I’ve got to go out and try to win the golf tournament (Sunday),” Scott said. “I’m not trying to win the No. 1 ranking.”

Scott was at 15-under 201.

Bradley birdied his last three holes, taking on the flag at the 18th with a 9-iron from 167 yards that narrowly cleared the rocks framing the lake and settled four feet from the flag. That was the final touch on an eight-birdie round of 66 that put him in the final group.

“I just kind of like that underdog role,” Bradley said. “I like knowing that I’ve got to go out there and play well. It really gets me excited. And playing in the final group with one of the best players in the world at Arnold Palmer’s tournament is what we all dream to do.”

Any other year at Bay Hill, he might have been referring to Tiger Woods.

Woods, the two-time defending champion at Bay Hill and No. 1 in the world, withdrew before the tournament because of recurring back pain. Scott has a chance to replace him at No. 1 in the world with a victory, though he wouldn’t take over at the top until the week before the Masters.

Puyallup’s Ryan Moore (78) was tied for 64th at 2 over, and Michael Putnam (74) of University Place was tied for 69th at 3 over.

Notes

Billy Andrade, 50, had the low round of the day, firing a 7-under 65 to jump into a tie for the lead with Fred Funk at 8-under 136 after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Miss.

Seattle native Fred Couples started the day with a two-stroke lead, but fell into a tie for second place after shooting a 71.

Frank Hannigan, a former executive director of the USGA who offered blunt opinions on TV and in print long after he retired, died Saturday morning. The USGA did not disclose a cause of death. He was 82. Hannigan, who joined the USGA in 1961, was executive director from 1983 to 1988.

Lydia Ko took the lead in the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, pulling ahead with two late birdies. The 16-year-old New Zealander shot a 5-under 67 to reach 16-under 200, a shot ahead of Jessica Korda and Mirim Lee.



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