• The Open, Round Three

Scott warns rivals: I'm ready to win

ESPN staff
July 21, 2012
Adam Scott is 11-under and on the brink of a first major crown © Getty Images

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Adam Scott, who leads the tournament at 11-under after a 68 on Saturday: "Feeling great right now. Solid day out there today. I was really excited for the weekend, especially today coming out there to see what would happen. We had good conditions and I had to make the most of it.

"[Caddie] Steve Williams has been great - we're working well together, and are on the same page a lot of the time. He's a great motivator for me.

"Somehow, you have to switch off [overnight]. It's almost impossible not to think about tomorrow. I'll do what I normally do, I've been a leader before in tournaments. I'll be ready."

Tiger Woods, five behind Scott: "The pins were tough today, some really tricky spots. They were on slopes. I just found it a little bit more difficult today for some reason.

"Not a good start, two-over through three, but I figured if I could get through the front nine at even, I'd be fine. I just so happened to get it to one-under for the day.

"Right now, I'm five back, and I've got to post a good round tomorrow. Adam's got a four-shot lead, he's in a pretty good spot, and a lot depends on what he does. I have to go out and execute my gameplan."

Graeme McDowell, seven-under, who will play with Scott on Sunday: "After six or seven holes, I felt the tournament slipping away from me, being so far behind the leaders. "I haven't been getting out of the blocks fast enough. One-over through seven, I was struggling, I had to dig deep and show some patience. I'm proud of myself the way I played, and put myself right back in this event."

Rory McIlroy (five-over) admitted he found it hard to muster motivation towards the end of his round of 73 on Saturday: "The struggles from yesterday carried on into today. I didn't get off to a great start and I couldn't really muster up anything from there. I felt if I shot a good score I could get myself back into the tournament. Obviously when you're struggling it's hard to keep yourself going over the last few holes.

Rory McIlroy: 'When you're struggling it's hard to keep yourself going' © PA Photos

"There's chances out there, definitely a 64 or 65."

Padraig Harrington, whose 70 left him two-over: "The 70 was a steal - and 69 would have been a miracle. I was really at sixes and sevens with my game. It was a big struggle. I didn't show much trust, faith or confidence in anything out there, so it was nice that my short game saved me.

"The first two rounds I just didn't hit my wedges very well. I was sorting that problem out and it certainly got in my head. I wasn't settling on any good thoughts."

Luke Donald (71, one-over): "I'm probably too far back to have a chance, but as always, I'll give a go out there, give it my all. You never know when you're going to learn something, even though you don't have a chance to win. I'll try and see how good I control the ball in the wind.

"I'm getting closer. My record isn't that great in this championship. But I'll take some confidence from the last few days. Certainly after the disaster at the US Open [missed cut], this is much improved. And I said, I'll walk away from this week knowing that my game is good enough. It just needed to happen at the right time."

Zach Johnson (66, five-under): "I don't think I could play any more aggressive than I did today. I knew if I was going to get back in this tournament I had to make a move of some sort. Granted, I wasn't thinking about that out there. But I knew going into it, what if there's a pin or a putt, you just get after it a little bit.

"Tomorrow, my approach tomorrow won't be any different, I don't think. It's going to be just hitting solid shots and giving myself opportunities. I'm hitting a lot of greens, and that's what I've got to continue to do. If I can keep hitting greens, and an occasional long putt drops, you never know what can happen."

Bubba Watson (68, two-under): "Any time you shoot under par is good. I was up there early. I got through five-under. I struggled with a three-putt, struggled with a bad swing on 14. But all in all, any time you shoot under par in a major championship it's pretty good.

"If you look at where I was yesterday it was pretty good. Yesterday it looked like I was going to miss the cut as bad as I was playing. To get back to under par, two-under for the tournament - I still have to shoot a low round tomorrow, but it can be done."

Lee Westwood (71, four-over): "The pins are a little bit trickier. Thirteen is particularly interesting - but it's still very playable, very scoreable if you play well. I think 64/65 is still on, but I'm just not playing well enough. I came in [to the tournament] not playing great, and not one aspect of my game is really sharp enough."

Rickie Fowler (70, three-over): "There's definitely low scores out there. There are some pins accessible. A few tough pins. But with the weather the way it is, the course is still soft. If you go out there and drive it well and put yourself in the fairway you'll be able to attack the course a bit. I was three-under early but had a few struggles. Shooting anything under par today is good."

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