AKRON, Ohio – Adam Scott had to wait a long time to hit one putt.
Scott was just off the 18th green at Firestone Country Club when the horn blew at 12:43 p.m., halting third-round play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Aussie didn’t return to the course for more than three hours, but the wait proved worthwhile when he curled in a 23-foot birdie putt from the fringe with his lone post-delay stroke.
“I’d do it again if I had to,” said Scott, who tied Hideki Matsuyama for the low round of the day with a 5-under 65.
Scott has now broken par in each of the first three rounds at Firestone, but the current world No. 1 still believes there’s more in the tank than what he has shown through 54 holes.
“I’d like to play a really solid round tomorrow. I haven’t done that yet this week,” he said. “I’ve been scrambling really well, which is good. Everything’s looking sharp. But I’d love to have a day where I give myself 15 looks at birdie somehow, and play some really good, solid golf.”
As was the case at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship, Scott is on the leaderboard but facing a sizeable deficit. At 8 under, he is tied for fourth but six shots behind Sergio Garcia heading into the final round.
He insisted that he is not discouraged by the gap between himself and Garcia but is instead looking to build momentum with the season’s final major on deck.
“I haven’t played at my best this week, so I’m not going to be frustrated, but if it’s the case next week I’ll be very frustrated,” Scott said. “I expect to go out and play very well tomorrow and next week, and anything but winning next week will be a disappointment for me.”