|Australia's Adam Scott (R) smiles as he stands with his caddie Steve Williams on the 18th tee during the third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational PGA golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio August 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Matt Sullivan)
Adam Scott had to take the needle from caddie Steve Williams.
Then he went out and stuck it to the rest of the field at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Scott, the 31-year-old who has been enjoying a resurgence in his career after having only one top 10 in 2009, will be looking for his first World Golf Championships title Sunday with Williams, who helped Tiger Woods to seven wins here at Firestone C.C., on the bag. Scott birdied four of his last seven holes on his way to a 4-under 66 and will have a one shot lead going into Sunday’s final round over fellow Aussie Jason Day and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa.
Before they teed off Saturday, Williams, who’s from New Zealand, let his boss hear it about the All Blacks win over the Wallabies in rugby Friday night.
“He was fired up. That’s the only positive I can take out of them winning the rugby. He was fired up for today,” said Scott, who has a three-round total of 198. “He was nice, though. He didn’t rub it in all day, just in the morning.”
Ishikawa, who had a 6-under 64 Saturday, will certainly have his share of supporters. The 19-year-old made a magnificent gesture when he pledged to donate all of his earnings this year - and a bonus of about $1,100 a birdie - to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which rocked Japan in March.
Top prize at the WGC-Bridgestone is $1.4 million US.
He’s been a magician this week, making some incredible up and downs. He got around a picket fence and a lamp post from 55 yards to save par on the 18th hole Thursday, sinking an 11-foot putt.
“When I shoot some of my trouble shots, the way the gallery, the fans respond when I hit a nice shot is spectacular, so in that sense, I don’t hate hitting trouble shots at all,” he said through an interpreter.
Ishikawa showed up here with his funky hair shorn, something that caught even the eye of Woods on the practice green.
“I have been seeing Tiger out on the green and telling him my hellos and he has responded like others, ‘why did you cut your hair?’” said Ishikawa.
“Too hot here. Too hot.”