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August 7 2011

5:00 PM

Inside the numbers on the leaders

Adam Scott will tee off in an hour from now -- presumably with the lead as he’s up by one at the moment -- and when he does he’ll do so having put up some impressive numbers through the first three rounds.

For example, he’s made just four bogeys (or worse) compared to 16 birdies (or better). In 176 previous starts on the PGA TOUR, the Aussie has never putt up those sorts of stats through three rounds. The closest he came was 15 birdies or better and three bogeys or worse at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship. How did Scott fare there? He won.

On a side note, two others -- Jim Furyk in 2001 with 16 and three and Tiger Woods in 2000 with 19 and four -- have posted similar numbers. Furyk finished second that year, while Woods won.

As for Ryo Ishikawa, who is in that final group with Scott, has averaged just 24 putts per round so far. That ties the low in this category through three rounds of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The two other players Ishikawa matched were Fred Funk in 2003 and Lee Westwood in 2000.

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