Relaxed Scott positioned for Open redemption


GULLANE, Scotland – He’s not four shots ahead like he was a year ago, but Adam Scott still has another good opportunity to hoist the claret jug on Sunday.

A year after bogeying the final four holes to lose a heartbreaking Open at Royal Lytham, the Masters champion put himself in position with a 2-under 69 Saturday to sit three shots off Lee Westwood’s third-round lead.

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“I think I go out there (Sunday) not carrying the weight of the lead or not having won a major,” said Scott, who is at even-par 213. He will play in the penultimate group with Tiger Woods. “So it’s a different feeling. Hopefully I can play enough quality shots to give myself chances to be in the hunt right at the end.”

With a victory Sunday, Scott could become the first player since Padraig Harrington (2008), and only the third player this century, to win two majors in the same season.

“I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose tomorrow and majors to gain,” Scott said. “So that’s certainly a nice feeling, whereas before in some ways it was getting to the point where you’re hoping it was going to happen tomorrow. It is absolutely a weight off your shoulders to have the first one.”