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Scott refuses to concede

Adam Scott
(Photo courtesy USGA)

You can’t write about Adam Scott’s round – or his US Open to date – without sounding a tad apologetic.

Which, for any elite athlete, must be approaching the most galling thing to read back after a contest.

But that’s where it sits for the Queenslander who, after a third consecutive round of unrequited love for and at Pebble Beach, sits awkwardly on the extreme outer fringes of contention.

And that despite clearly playing golf worthy of being at the pointy of end of the tournament.

Scott will begin his final round at three under par, eight shots behind Gary Woodland.

But the 38-year-old, while obviously frustrated, remains so satisfied with his play that, of his own volition, he offered up an historical comparison still on his mind for the final round tomorrow.

“(Only) you can make that happen. And when it's your time to have that, you know, it's like Johnny Miller shot that 63 to win,” Scott said in reference to the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.

“I don't think he woke up believing he was just going to roll around in 63, but these things can just happen.

“I mean, everyone plays at such a high level, when you get the right breaks for one day, you see guys breaking major records all the time – Branden Grace shot 62 the other year, that's never happened, Brooks at the PGA (last month) for a couple of days.

“I feel like it's possible around here to get it around in eight (under). Things have to go your way, obvioiusly, but … honestly, I don't even know that I'm going to have to shoot eight under to win tomorrow. An eight-under total might win this. You never know.”

Scott had a series of bad breaks on the back nine, with a couple of worst-case-scenario bounces and several putts lipping out.

“Yeah. It's just a cruel game sometimes because today was by far the most under control I had on the golf swing and the ball,” he said.

“I can accept (that) 11 was a bad bogey that was soft, and then, you know, because of the soft bogeys the first couple days, you leave yourself in a position where I feel like I need to go forward on 14 and make a birdie (even though) your chance of making bogey is very small (if you lay up).

“But I needed to get going a bit and I'm a yard from being in the semi (rough) and just chipping it up and having a good look at it and making five at the worst.

“You’ve got to have a run at it. I'm too far back. It wasn't really my day. It wasn't my day with the putter either. I hit some good putts. A lot rolled by the edge. A couple lipped out. Yeah. It was a bit frustrating.

“But the good news is I was swinging it really good. And if I can swing it like that tomorrow and get a bit of momentum going, I feel like there's a good score out there for me, I really do. I think there's something mid-to-low 60s.”

“We'll see if I can run the tables. You never know. I'm in that nice position where I'm not even in the discussion. So I go and play the front nine really good with zero cushion, see what happens.”

While the vast majority of the contenders have built their scores on holes 1-7 through the week – leader Woodland and Brooks Koepka are each eight under in that stretch, for example – Scott is a paltry one under.

And he’s painfully aware it must change in a hurry.

“Yeah, I haven't got off to a great, great start at all.

“It's got to happen. Tomorrow you can get the momentum going,  three under, but I just -- I just haven't taken advantage of any of my good play.

“Overall there's really solid stuff all throughout. I just need to have my day out tomorrow, like someone will. Someone will have a day out tomorrow and win this thing.”

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