Newly married Scott gives his fading No. 1 hopes a boost

Sat May 10, 2014 4:44pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - A day after disclosing details of his secret wedding last month, Adam Scott gave himself an outside chance to end this week's Players Championship as world number one for the first time.

Needing to finish no worse than joint 16th on Sunday to dislodge Tiger Woods from the top spot, the Australian world number two clawed his way into the top 30 at the TPC Sawgrass by shooting a three-under-par 69 in Saturday's third round.

A great deal would need to go Scott's way in the final round for him to take over at the pinnacle of the game, but he was delighted to have that opportunity after seemingly dashing his No. 1 hopes with a dismal opening round of five-over 77.

"If I can put a good round on it tomorrow and post something good, I think I can have a high finish," Scott told reporters after covering the back nine in three-under 33 to post a three-under-par total of 213.

However, the 2013 Masters champion conceded that a top-16 finish was still very much up in the air with a host of top golfers above him on the Players Championship leaderboard.

"I don't know, it depends on other guys, too," said the 33-year-old from Adelaide. "It's just not set in stone.

"So the goal tomorrow has got to be, depending upon conditions, to try and get to double digits (under par). It's possible.

"I'll be off fairly early probably again, and I'll try and sneak up there as high as I possibly can. You never know what's going to happen out here."   Continued...

May 10, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Adam Scott tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports