Date: July 20, 2015
Author: Bruce Matthews @ St Andrews

Grateful Scott to attack

It's a simple golf equation and Adam Scott knows the drill. Go low or go home empty-handed again.

Scott is buoyed that a modest two-under 70 in the third round still gives him a shot at finally getting his hands on the Claret Jug.

"Luckily, it's super-bunched, so it's really going to be a shootout tomorrow. The course is soft and taking on a lot of good scores,'' he said.

"It surprising the leaders didn't really get it going today, so I'm happy with that, that I'm still in the mix.

"I was slightly off my rhythm and the swing than the last couple of days and it was a little frustrating because it was there to be had.

"I didn't make all the putts that I could've, but three back, I mean, it's not a lot, really, so I've got a chance.'

A missed four-footer for par at the 17th was his only mistake after birdies at 5, 11 and 13 propelled him high onto the crammed leaderboard.

But he knows there's a 60s last round out there for him after leaving a clutch of birdie attempts just short and shaved the cup at the 16th.

"The game's in good shape. It was just one of those days, I was just ever so slightly off. Ten feet further away from the pin every time than I would've liked to be. It makes your chances of holing it a little less,'' Scott said.

"I'd like to wake up tomorrow on the right side of the bed and swing really freely like I did the first two days and I think I can get it going.''

Close calls in the past three Open final rounds won't weigh down the Queenslander and he projected a calm determination to launch an early attack on the leaders.

"I don't think it owes me one, not yet. But certainly from my position, if I were to come out on top tomorrow, it would be a special round of golf because one of the lot in front is going to get it going, there's no doubt,'' he said.

"I can see a lot of guys who would be very hungry to win and I'm just going to have to play a great round.''

Geoff Ogilvy left himself a mountain to climb with an even-par 72 to be seven shots off the pace.

It was a promising start with a birdie at the opening hole, but he gave it back two holes later and was even at the turn.

Again, he was poised to make a move by starting the run home with back-to-back birdies, only to stumble with dropped shots at the 16th and 17th to finish at five-under where he started the traditional moving day.

Bruce Matthews is a Herald Sun sports writer