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Scott vaults into PGA playoff contention

AAP logoAAP 27/08/2016 By Ashton Hudson

Adam Scott finally stopped thinking about his putting and he has been rewarded for a carefree attitude in the opening US PGA Tour Playoff event.

Starting the day seven off the pace, Scott fired a six-under-65 at Bethpage Black to rocket to seven under and into third place for The Barclays.

The Queenslander trails American Rickie Fowler (68) by two and sits one back of second placed Patrick Reed (71).

World No.1 and defending champion Jason Day is four shots off the lead at five under and tied sixth after a round of 70.

Scott started his hot round by holing out for eagle from 95 yards and added six birdies with just two bogeys.

After two rounds of fruitless putting, coming off the back of a few months of the same, Scott finally broke the shackles.

He made just 30 feet of total putts in the opening round and 58 feet in round two but come Saturday he dropped in a whopping 150 feet of putts.

"I just really tried to clear my mind," Scott said.

"When you're not making them and they are always a little bit short, you start thinking about too many things and stroke and line, feel, speed, all this kind of stuff.

"I just thought, forget about it all and just go with instinct.

"It was good to just simply forget about everything with the putting, technical and feel and anything, and just kind of look and stroke and not care where it went.

"For that to be the answer, is nice, because I don't think there's any major issues."

Scott will attempt to keep the roll going tomorrow as he chases a third win of the year and 14th US PGA Tour title.

"If I could finish the year off the way I started, it would salvage some of the disappointment of not really contending in the majors this year," he added.

Day, the defending champion, was left to rue another round of wild driving.

He hit just three fairways and with 14 through three rounds he ranks last in the field for driving accuracy.

"If I can find my golf ball, I might have a good chance at winning the tournament. Today I just had no clue where it was going," Day said.

"I was missing both left and right. The biggest thing for me was to try to commit to a golf shot.

"I was standing over there going, just get it down there somewhere instead of committing to a target, committing to a shot and hitting it.

"I think if I can have a decent shot at hitting fairways tomorrow, I might give myself an opportunity."

Day and Scott are looking to become the first Australian in the 10-year history of the playoffs to win it all at next month's Tour Championship, including the $US10million bonus.

John Senden, who faces elimination from the playoffs if he doesn't perform well, put his future on the line Sunday after a tough 75 left him tied for 55th.

He is on the elimination bubble.

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