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Scott ups Royal Pines lead to three

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Adam Scott moved to 10 under after shooting 71 © Getty Images
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Adam Scott opened up a three-shot lead in the Australian PGA after shooting an even-par 71 on Saturday at a wind-swept Royal Pines.

Scott is competing in Australia for the first time as Masters champion, with three more tournaments lined up in his home country afterwards.

He is now 10-under overall, with American Rickie Fowler and David McKenzie tied for second. Fowler matched Scott's score, and McKenzie hit 72 with five bogeys and four birdies.

Australian Marc Leishman is five shots off the lead, after carding 68 to tie for a share of sixth place. Scott dropped shots at the seventh and eighth holes in a poor start to his bid to complete Australia's major sweep after previous wins in the Aussie Open and Masters.

Eagle chances at the 12th and 15th went begging as he settled for birdies as the wind whipped up at the Gold Coast course. They turned out to be the only shots Scott picked up during Saturday.

"I think it was a grind for everyone, I didn't see too many good scores out there," Scott said.

"The course was playing tricky, the wind gusting across the greens made it hard to make a lot of putts. I certainly didn't have my eye in and when I forced it, I three putted.

"So I figured it wasn't my day and tried to be a little better on the back nine, which I managed."

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