Recently, Adam Scott had gone through a game, producing another round of 68, which saw him move to eight-under, just four shots ahead of Andrew Dodt who at his own pace, finished with a 67, and could be under at the turn at 1t 12.

At ten under, Ashley Hall was in the clubhouse while Scott was joined by Kiwi Ryan Fox, at minus eight. The duo lead a strong chasing pack which features the likes of American Harold Varner III who came off with a total of seven under and Scott’s playing partner Greg Chalmers with five under.

The World No. 7 is supposedly set for games on Saturday and Sunday that could be seen as a battle of attrition, while the temperatures across Queensland’s south-east continues to soar.

Scott believes that he had played well and sees it as his best game since a few weeks back.

“I played really well today, the best I’ve played in a couple of weeks. It was a good day to do it because it wasn’t that easy. Hitting most of the greens made it fairly stress-free,” Scott was quoted as saying.

“I played with the best putter in the world, maybe, in Greg Chalmers, and he didn’t make them either.

“It was bouncing around. You’ve got to take your opportunities when they come,”

“My striking was crisp, it was strong and it carried on to the rest of my game as well.”

The course was quite a difficult one to bust for Scott, considering the Royal Pines greens, which had grains running in all directions.

However, Scott’s superb iron play showed that he was well up to the task for the afternoon, as he ensured that he did not spend most of the scrambling around with short irons and long putts.