All eyes are on Australian Adam Scott as he prepares to tee-off Sunday with a four-shot lead in the final round of the Open Championship from Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Coverage of what is sure to be an enthralling day of golf can be viewed on ESPN, with a live stream available on ESPN3.
There were plenty of smiles for Adam Scott on Saturday, but the nerves will surely be kicking in as he tees-off with a four-shot lead in the final round of the Open.
Scott hit his third round in the 60s Saturday, firing a 68 that by the end gave him a four-stroke lead at 11-under-par. After blazing a trail with a round of 64 on Friday to take the lead, American Brandt Snedeker slipped back to 7-under following a round of 73.
Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell also sits on 7-under and still very much in contention. The same can be said for Tiger Woods. The 14-time major winner begins his final round five shots off the top as he seeks his fourth Claret Jug.
Those still in the mix will be hoping that the tension of attempting to win a long-sought first major takes hold of Scott on Sunday.
"A four-shot lead doesn't seem to be very much this year on any golf tournament that I've watched," said Scott, according to BBC Sport.
"But I'm in a great position and hopefully a good round of golf will make it hard for the other guys.
"It's almost impossible not to think about playing tomorrow but I'll do everything I normally do."
The intrigue on the final day is only enhanced by the fact that Scott is now caddied by the man who for so long carried Woods' bag before a very public split, Steve Williams.
Woods was well aware of the challenge facing Scott in trying to get the monkey off his back of not having fulfilled his talent in the majors.
"He's going for his first major title," he said according to BBC Sport.
"I don't think he's done probably as well as he'd like to [in majors]."
While the weather has not played anything like the significant role in the Championship that many predicted beforehand, McDowell said that he was hoping that nature could play its part in derailing the leader.
"The golf course is still a sleeping giant. It has certainly played a lot easier than we thought it would in practice, but that's supposed to change tomorrow," he said, according to the Open website.
"It's in Adam's hands tomorrow if the conditions are as straightforward as they have been the last few days. But throw in a bit of wind across this course and he will have to work a lot harder.
"We need a bit of wind to make the job a little easier for the chasers."
Scott and McDowell go out at 9.30 a.m. ET, and with the wind picking up it could yet be a dramatic day at Royal Lytham.
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