Scott Leads British Open Going Into Final Round

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Scott Leads British Open Going Into Final Round

July 21, 2012 Updated Jul 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM EDT

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Adam Scott will take a four - shot lead into the final round of the Open Championship after firing a 2 - under par 68 on Saturday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Scott, looking to win his first major, leads former U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell (67) and second - round leader Brandt Snedeker (73) by four shots.

Tiger Woods closed with a 70 and sits five shots behind Scott, who's at 11 - under total. Scott started with six straight pars before birdies at the seventh and eighth holes pushed him to 11 - under for the tournament. He became the first player to reach 12 - under with another birdie on the par - 5 11 th, before a poor wedge shot at the 12 th led to his first bogey of the round. Still, Scott was in control after starting the day one stroke behind Snedeker, who went through the first two rounds without making any bogeys. That all changed on the far end of the course, where the quick - playing Tennessean had four bogeys in rapid - fire succession over a five - hole span.

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