Posted November 17, 2012 on AP on Fox

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 24: Ian Poulter of England plays his second shot on the second hole during the final round of The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 24, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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 one shot behind, it can all change pretty quickly out there...
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