Lytham St. Annes, England – Adam Scott will go for his first major championship on Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
The Australian owns a 4-shot cushion over Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker, with Tiger Woods lurking in fourth, five off the pace.
Most of the golf world was hoping Woods would hang on to second place, which is where he was for a good portion of round three. Had he, it would've meant a final-round pairing of Scott and Woods.
But the headlines in that scenario might not have belonged to Scott.
They would have gone to his caddie.
Steve Williams carried Woods' bag for years. After a messy split last year, Williams said some derogatory things about Woods and made a public spectacle of the situation when he called Scott's victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational "the best win of my life."
Instead, it'll be Scott and McDowell in Sunday's final pairing and Scott will be counting on Williams, even if his bag man's former employer won't be in the group with them.
"I think he's such a positive guy," Scott said of his caddie. "I think it's his confidence. I think that can rub off on the player as well. We're getting on really well out there.
"At some point tomorrow, I'm sure there's going to be a time when I'm going to lean on his experience and he's going to have some great advice for me on how to tackle a certain situation. It's an advantage to have an experience caddie like Steve."
Here's what other players were saying after the third round of the Open Championship:
- GRAEME MCDOWELL, who is tied for second, on what it will be like playing in the final pairing on Sunday in consecutive majors after playing in the last group in the final round of the U.S. Open last month: "I can draw on my experience at The Olympic Club a few weeks ago. This is special to me. I can't expect to win this week, but what I can expect is to compete if I do the right things. I'm playing with the leader, that's all I can ask from myself."
- TIGER WOODS, who trails by five, on what he will have to do if he's to earn his first major title coming from behind: "I've just got to execute my game plan. The forecast is one thing, but we'll see what actually happens. Whether the wind blows or not, I've still got to go out there and post the round I know I need to post."
- ERNIE ELS, who had top-3 finishes at Royal Lytham in 1996 and 2001, on some special feelings he has even though he's tied for fifth, six behind Scott: "For some reason I've got some belief this week. I feel something special can happen. I feel the way I'm playing, if those putts start dropping I can really shoot a low one. So that's what I'm hoping for."
- ZACH JOHNSON, last week's winner at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, on his strategy Saturday when he shot a 66 and how it will impact Sunday: "I don't think I could play any more aggressive than I did today and I am not going to change my approach tomorrow. I'm hitting lots of greens and that's what I want to continue to do in the final round."
- LEE WESTWOOD, who had a 1-over 71 on Saturday, on how easy the course was as he played in the second pairing out: "It's very playable. A few of the flags are tucked away on slopes. Thirteen's particularly interesting."
- RORY MCILROY, who shot a disappointing 3-over 73 on Saturday and is virtually out of contention, on his frustration: "I was up for it this morning trying to go out there and post a good score but after playing the front nine like I did you're just trying to shoot the best score you can. I'm frustrated but that's just the way it is. That's golf. You just have to get on with it and keep practicing and stay patient until it turns around."
- ANIRBAN LAHIRI, who recorded the first hole-in-one of the tournament Saturday at the ninth, on his history with aces: "I've had three in tournament play, five otherwise. This one is No. 1. It's going to be hard to beat."