Date: January 27, 2019
Author: Martin Blake

Scott chases first win since 2016


Adam Scott has given himself a big chance of his first win in almost three years in the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

The Australian was on fire with a third-round 65 with seven birdies and an eagle at Torrey Pines today and is just three shots from the lead held by world No. 1 Justin Rose at 18-under.

The 38-year-old Scott’s last victory was the World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship in March, 2016.

His form this week has reflected his change of putter style – from the long putter unanchored to a Matt Kuchar-style arm-locked putter.

“It's almost all up to him (Rose) tomorrow, so that’s no pressure on me,” Scott said.

“He's just playing too good. He's done that right from Thursday. He's the No. 1 player in the world, he's played well for over two years. He's feeling it. He wants to take advantage of all of his good golf and that's why he's running away with this thing.

“The good news is it's only one person out in front, so it all sits on his golf club tomorrow. This is not a course I can go out and just fire at pins, it's too easy to make big errors. I'll just have to chip away and we'll see if he can do the same.”

Meanwhile Lucas Herbert and Jason Scrivener are both in the mix but they need to go low in the final round of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic tonight.

Herbert, 23, is four shots back from the leader, American Bryson DeChambeau, after carding a third-round 72 against DeChambeau’s 68 last night, playing together in the final group.

DeChambeau is at 16-under, a shot ahead of China’s Li Haotong going into the final round.

Herbert, who played himself to a full card in Europe last year, is still seeking his first win as a professional having graduated from the elite programs of the Victorian Institute of Sport and Golf Australia.

He is currently ranked 86th in the world having risen almost 200 places on the rankings last year.

Herbert had a rough day in round three at Dubai, with a double bogey at the par-five third hole and four consecutive bogeys to start the back nine.

Scrivener is five shots from DeChambeau’s lead after posting a 71 last night.