Lead shrinks for Scott on moving day at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Adam Scott went into the weekend with a lot of breathing room at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, holding a seven stroke lead. He does not have that luxury any longer.

Scott shot a 1-under-71 on Saturday at Bay Hill, and his lead is now only three over Keegan Bradley, who shot a 66, including a 31 on the back nine.

“I got off to a really good start, made a nice birdie on one, and just kept it rolling the whole day,” said Bradley.

Scott started the day 14 under par coming off an opening 62 on Thursday, which had tied the course record. He seemed to struggle out of the gate on Saturday, and knows there will be plenty of opportunities for other golfers to compete on Sunday.

“I think I’ve got to go out and try to win the golf tournament [Sunday],” said Scott. “I’m not trying to win the No. 1 ranking.

“I’ve got a bunch of guys breathing down my neck who all have had nice rounds today and are feeling pretty good about the way they’re playing going into tomorrow. So I’m going to have to play a pretty sharp round of golf and not open the door at all.

Scott had a rough front nine that included two bogeys, not seeming to have the same putting stroke going that he had in the previous two rounds. He rebounded with a 34 on the back nine, including four birdies, and still feels comfortable going into the final round.”

“I’m still in a really good spot…I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it’s going to be a great day, and I’m hungry to go out and try and win this event,” said Scott.

There are five players within five shots of the lead, including Matt Every, who also carded a 66 today, and is currently 11-under-par. Jason Kokrak is also at 11-under-par, after a third round 67.

The final group of Scott and Bradley will tee off at 1:55 p.m on Sunday.