Posted November 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after three rounds of the Australian Masters. Poulter had five birdies on the front nine -- four on lengthy putts -- and the Englishman had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 on the Kingston Heath sand-belt course. Poulter's 9-iron approach on No. 18 nearly holed out from the fairway and he had a tap-in birdie to finish. ''I just hit it, let it ride up the crest and feed down,'' Poulter said. ''It turned out to be a decent shot. ... When you go out with a reasonable breeze and you produce a score like that, you have to be happy.'' Scott, who shot 67, stayed close until consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17. However, a 15-foot birdie putt on 18 pulled him back within one shot of Poulter and a final-round pairing with Poulter on Sunday. ''In the end, I really needed it,'' Scott said of his birdie on the last. ''With being just...
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