Tournament favourites Adam Scott & Ian Poulter have recorded outstanding round three scores at the 2012 Talisker Masters at Kingston Heath. The pair had 17 birdies between them in the marquee duo of the day. Defending Champion Poulter birdied five of the first seven holes to race to -10 with Scott keeping the pace for the most part.
Both players were tied at -13 through 15 holes before a pair of bogeys on the 16th. Scott had another hiccup on 17th, dropping a further shot to hand Poulter a one shot buffer heading to the 18th tee. Poulter chose three wood on the 18th whilst Scott bombed a 300 metre drive straight up the middle to leave himself with only 110 metre second shot. Poulter hit a superb nine iron to within a foot for a tap in birdie to take him to -13. Scott, meanwhile short sighted his approach leaving a 20 foot important attempt for birdie and to stay one shot in touch of Poulter. The Queenslander stepped up and delivered, holing the putt to get back to -12 and resume his run away dual with the defending champ.
Victorian state squad member continued his stellar play as an amateur this week with a 71 today to be tied 25th and one over for the tournament.
2010 Vic Open winner and Victorian Jason Norris shot a three under 69 today to move into a tie for 9th at -2, placed alongside fellow Victorian David Bransdon who struggled late in the round to finish with a two over 74.
The next best placed Victorians are Richard Green and Chris Gaunt who are at -1.
2004 Vic Open winner, New Zealander Gareth Paddison posted a 69 three under day to sit in a tie for 5th, eight shots behind clubhouse leader Poulter.
Just 19 players are under the card for the tournament.
Scott & Poulter will tee off in the final pairing tomorrow at 1:10pm.