Golf: Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia share Honda Classic lead

Sergio Garcia (left) and Adam Scott shake hands after the third round of the Honda Classic.
Sergio Garcia (left) and Adam Scott shake hands after the third round of the Honda Classic. PHOTO: REUTERS/ USA TODAY SPORTS

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Adam Scott survived a nightmare 15th hole to move one step closer to a 12th PGA Tour victory as he ended the third round of the Honda Classic in a tie for the lead with Sergio Garcia at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida on Saturday.

Three strokes off the pace overnight, Scott surged three ahead with a barrage of birdies on the challenging PGA National layout until he ran up a quadruple-bogey seven after twice finding water, first from the tee and then from the drop zone.

However, the Australian rebounded with a birdie at the par-three 17th before parring the last to card a four-under 66 for a nine-under total of 201.

His playing competitor Garcia, bidding for a ninth PGA Tour win, sank a six-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th to shoot 67 and join Scott at the top of the leaderboard.

American Blayne Barber (69), a rookie on the PGA Tour last season, was alone in third place, four shots behind.