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August 3 2013

5:20 PM

Scott pleased to see improvement

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AKRON, Ohio -- The bogey at the 18th hole admittedly left a bit of a sour taste in his mouth. Overall, though, Adam Scott was pretty pleased with that 66 he shot Saturday in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The reigning Masters champion has improved with each round at Firestone Country Club where he won the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational. After making four bogeys and one double in that opening 73, he has only dropped one shot in each round of 68 and 66.

"It'll be nice to play another solid round tomorrow, kind of nearly bogey free today, just dropped that one on the last, and that's good golf around here, and also good to get those rounds in before a major next week where dropped shots are so costly," Scott said.

Scott persevered on Saturday despite hitting just six fairways. He managed to find 12 of 18 greens in regulation, though, and took just 27 strokes with the putter.

The Aussie got off to a solid start, making three birdies in his first four holes. He made a 15-footer at No. 1, two-putted from 19 at the par-5 second and drained another from 18 at the fourth hole. Scott would have made it four straight had he been able to convert from 7 feet at No. 3.

Scott then chipped in twice for birdies on the back nine but missed the 18th green and was unable to convert an 8-footer to  save par.

"Going to have to be really hot tomorrow, but it was a good round out there," Scott said. "Anything in the 60s is a good score around here no matter what the conditions are. There's always plenty of trouble. The game is sharpening up to where I want it to be, so I'm happy about that so far."

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