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September 9 2012

12:00 AM

Scott seeks first win of season Sunday

Scott birdies No. 18

Adam Scott holes a 16-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 18th hole to shoot 66.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

CARMEL, Ind. -- Tee to green, Adam Scott has been extremely pleased.

His putter hasn't been very cooperative, though -- that is, until Saturday at Crooked Stick. Scott used just 25 putts in a round of 66 that vaulted him up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth, just two strokes off the lead.

"(My iron play has) been good all week and last week, and today is the first day that I've gotten any rhythm with the putter, and it took missing a few greens early on and I had to scramble to actually make some putts," Scott said. "But that was kind of a blessing in disguise, I think."

The Aussie really got untracked as he made the turn -- making a 9-footer at the ninth and a 16-footer at No. 12 while two-putting the two par-5s in between from 24 and 50 feet, respectively. Scott then made a 2-footer at the 15th hole before missing the green at the 17th on the way to his only bogey. But he got that shot back with a closing birdie to end 54 holes at 14 under.

"Obviously to have any chance to contend tomorrow I had to make some sort of a move, and it all kind of came together around the turn, and I played fairly solid," Scott said. "Disappointing to drop one coming in because I'm making a habit of that, but I picked one up on the last, and that was important."

Scott, who tied for seventh last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, is looking for his first victory of the season. He's got some momentum, though, and he knows the third round leader has only gone on to win 13 of 38 events this year.

"I'm not in the best position, but coming from a few back seems to be the way to go at the moment in golf," he said. "You never know, if I can get off to a hot start and put myself in the mix, there are opportunities out there. We've seen a bunch of 64s made or even lower."

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