Star Watch: Adam Scott tries to stave off Keegan Bradley

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Adam Scott just wanted to give us a little drama on Sunday.

That's my theory, anyway.

Scott shot a pedestrian 71 on Saturday as the field closed in around him at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The 1-under round came on the heels of a 14-under start to give the Australian a three-shot lead on Keegan Bradley going into the final 18 holes.

It wasn't a bad round by any means but Scott couldn't put any streaks together like he did the first couple of days.

He started with a bogey and didn't really get it rolling until the back nine where he got to 16 under at one point. A bogey-par finish derailed that and now Scott will be very gettable by a reinvigorated Bradley who shot 66 and is 12 under.

Here's a look at Scott's scorecard:

Scott has been battling illness all week and said he had a sore throat but "that doesn't hit a golf ball" and assured everyone that he would simply be going for his 11th PGA Tour win on Sunday and not thinking about the likely No. 1 ranking that would accompany it.

There were light moments on a not-as-great Saturday for Scott, too. Like this one of a fan saying "oh, that's bad" about a pretty good approach from Scott:

I'm excited about watching Scott trying to close out his first victory of the season. He's peaking with Augusta around the corner and a duel with another top 30 guy (Bradley) should be lovely.

Other stars

Keegan Bradley (12 under, Second) -- This approach was pretty indicative of how Bradley played on Saturday. He made eight birdies and definitely has the stones to chase down Scott.

Ian Poulter (8 under, Seventh) -- I'm not sure he's close enough at seven back but with only six guys in front of him, he could maybe do it with a disastrous from Scott.

Henrik Stenson (5 under, T15) -- Just like Brandt Snedeker in the first two rounds it's good to see Stenson get it going. You want your world top 10 cranking as Augusta rolls so it's good that Stenson is getting things back on track.

Brandt Snedeker (4 under, T19) -- Speaking of Snedeker. He backed up his 6-under start with a 74 on Saturday. He won't compete for a title on Sunday but hopefully he'll have some confidence for the Masters. 

Graeme McDowell (4 under, T19) -- McDowell had a great tweet after shooting 67 on Saturday at Bay Hill:


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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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