AKRON, Ohio – Though each started the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational well out of contention, Saturday proved to be a positive day at Firestone Country Club for the three major champions from this calendar year.
While reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose carded a 1-under 69 to get to even par for the week, British Open winner Phil Mickelson matched the Englishman’s 54-hole total thanks to a 3-under 67 in the third round. Both will now begin the final round in a large tie for 17th, 15 shots behind overnight leader Tiger Woods.
Among the trio of major winners, though, the best round of the day was recorded by Masters champion Adam Scott, who fired a 4-under 66 to move inside the top 10 after 54 holes.
“It was a good round out there. Anything in the 60s is a good score around here no matter what the conditions are,” said Scott, who carded five birdies against a lone bogey at the home hole Saturday. “The game is sharpening up to where I want it to be.”
With one competitive round left before the season’s final major, the Aussie acknowledged that there are several positives to take from his performance thus far at Firestone, where his scores have gotten progressively lower each round.
“I think I’ve done what I needed to do the last couple days,” added Scott, who currently sits at 3-under 207. “I feel like it’s getting to where I would like it to be. I think by next Thursday I can be really sharp.”