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Golf: Scott leads by three midway through third round at Bay Hill

Published on Mar 23, 2014 5:55 AM
Adam Scott of Australia hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Australian Adam Scott almost surrendered a huge lead before settling down to hold a three-shot cushion halfway through the third round at the US$6.2 million (S$7.9 million) Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Saturday.

The Masters champion teed off at 14 under par with a seemingly insurmountable seven-shot lead in fine conditions at Bay Hill in Orlando.

But a tardy beginning by Scott, who made two early bogeys, combined with a quick start by American Chesson Hadley, quickly breathed suspense into the PGA Tour event.

Hadley made four quick birdies to cut the lead to just one shot after six holes, only to bogey the par-three seventh after his tee shot plugged in a greenside bunker.

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