As monarchies go, Australia technically answers to Queen Elizabeth II, but if there were a king of Australian sports, you’d certainly be able to make a strong case for Adam Scott these days.
Okay, I know that was a bit of a stretch, but you couldn’t have dreamed up a sweeter homecoming for this year’s Masters champion. Having already taken down the Australian PGA Championship and the Talisker Masters in back-to-back weeks, Scott will head into the final round at the Royal Sydney Golf Club on Sunday with a commanding four stroke lead over Rory McIlroy.
Scott opened the tournament with an amazing 10-under-par round of 62, worked through tough weather to post a 70 in the second round, then widened his lead over McIlroy with a four-under round of 68 today.
“It was always going to be a day where you just had to hang on,” Scott said after the second round. “He (McIlroy) is one of the best players in the world so I’m going to have to bring my best game.”
Has he ever. While the fields Scott has played in Australia aren’t exactly up to the major championship standards of the PGA Tour, the three-tournament sweep he’s attempting to complete are Australia’s own majors. That’s like playing the U.S. Open three times in a row, with all the national pride and pressure that go along with it.
The pairing with McIlroy on Sunday adds a bit of drama to what would otherwise be a casual victory lap for Scott, but barring any major collapse, the Aussie hero will likely become only the second player ever to win the Triple Crown down under.
Even with the American Tour on hiatus through the end of the year, it’ll be worth spending some of your Saturday night to see if Adam Scott can make some more history.