Scott leads by 4, will be paired with Singh in final round


Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to increase his lead in the Australian Masters to four shots over four players after 54 holes. Here's how things shape up heading into the final round at Royal Melbourne:

Leaderboard: Adam Scott (-14), Nick Cullen (-10), Matthew Griffin (-10), Nathan Holman (-10), Vijay Singh (-10), Matt Kuchar (-9)

What it means: Scott, home in Australia for the first time since he won the Masters back in April, has a couple of accomplishments in sight: He's trying to win the Australian Masters for a second consecutive year, and he's trying to win in Australia for the second week in a row, having taken the Australian PGA last week.

Round of the day: Singh, 50, moved 12 spots up the leaderboard with an 8-under 63. He made his only bogey at the par-4 ninth, but made up for it with an eagle at the par-5 15th. Just recently Singh said he's not ready to consign himself to the Champions Tour. Looks like he's trying to prove that. Singh will be paired with Scott in the fourth round.

Best of the rest: New Zealand native Ryan Fox, six shots behind Scott at 8 under, matched Scott's 5-under 66 Saturday. Fox had five birdies and two bogeys and, like Singh, eagled the par-5 15th.

Main storyline heading into the final round: The tournament is blessed with three of them: Favorite son Scott trying to defend his title and keep alive his bid for the Australian Triple Crown (the PGA, Masters and the Open in two weeks); Singh attempting to win for the first time on any tour since he became embroiled in controversy over his use of deer-antler spray and his subsequent suit against the PGA Tour; and the presence of Australian Jarrod Lyle, returning to the game for the first time in a year and a half while he makes his second recovery from leukemia. Lyle stands at even-par 213, but said he accomplished his goal to make the cut.