Adam Scott back in position at British Open
GULLANE, Scotland - Adam Scott says the weight is gone. The wait, however, still exists.
Scott had a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the British Open last year and came in a shot behind Ernie Els. Scott did win this year's Masters, his first major, but the failure in the British still stings.
Now, after three rounds at Muirfield, Scott is in fourth, three behind Lee Westwood, and in a good mood and good position for the final round.
"It's a good feeling," said Scott, who shot 1-under-par 70 Saturday. "It's completely different. I go out there [today] not carrying the weight of the lead or not having not won a major.
"I haven't thought about the entirety of last year. I thought it best not to. I just take the couple of bits that I wanted to and leave it as an experience . . . If I win here, it would be a fairy tale. They occasionally do happen. So I'm not counting myself out of it at all."
Laird shanks chances
Martin Laird birdied the second hole to get to 2 under, a shot out of the lead. But on the third hole, he shanked his approach, eventually had to take two unplayable lies out of the deep rough and took a quintuple-bogey 9. On the 10th hole, he was given a penalty shot for failing to inform his playing partner he was moving his ball in the rough to identify it. He shot a 10-over 81.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan was docked a stroke for slow play, the penalty applied after the 17th hole. He and playing partner Johnson Wagner protested, but officials said he had been warned about walking toward the green, then returning to the ball before playing his approach. Matsuyama still managed a 1-over 72.
Paul Lawrie, who won the 1999 British Open when Frenchman Jean Van de Velde collapsed on the final hole, lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, about 2 1/2 hours north of Gullane.
After finishing 36 holes Friday at 8 over, Lawrie assumed he missed the cut and drove home.
"I didn't think 7 over had any chance, never mind 8," Lawrie said. "I got to come home, walk the dog and eat. Then I found out I made the cut. Got back about quarter past 11."
And Saturday, Lawrie, who had an 81 the first day, shot 1-under 70.