Sport Golf Adam Scott storms into contention at the Masters

Adam Scott storms into contention at the Masters

Australia's Adam Scott blasts out of a bunker on his way to another birdie during an inspired third round at the Masters in Augusta. Photo AAP / Andrew Gombert
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A stellar ball-striking display is keeping world No.9 Adam Scott in the mix during a mouth-watering moving day at the Masters.

The 2013 Masters champion hit 12 of 13 greens and surged up the leaderboard midway through the third round at Augusta National on Saturday (Sunday AEST).

With birdies at the second, eighth and 13th holes, Scott shares fourth with world No.8 Rickie Fowler at three-under-par, three shots back of leader Charley Hoffman.

Hoffman took the lead with a birdie on the ninth to climb to six under, two ahead of world No.11 Sergio Garcia and Jordan Spieth.

World No.6 and 2015 Masters winner Spieth is the hot product on Saturday, swashbuckling his way to a four under with as many birdies through 13 holes.

Earlier, Jason Day dominated Amen Corner but the world No.3 admits his comeback is likely to have come too late to have an effect on the Masters leaderboard.

Taking advantage of pristine morning conditions while playing in the first group off, the 29-year-old bagged four consecutive birdies starting at the par-3 12th and signed for a three-under 69, climbing back to a three-over total.

Requiring a marker following the withdrawal of world No.1 Dustin Johnson, the 2015 US PGA Champion played with Masters marker and Augusta National member Jeff Knox.

“The first two days kind of put me out of it and today was a good round to get myself kind of back to good form,” said Day.

Amateur world No.1 Curtis Luck has fallen back in the race for low amateur honours, handing three shots back with a 75 to finish 54 holes at nine-over.

The Perth 20-year-old’s only competition for the Masters silver medal is American amateur Stewart Hagestad, who signed for a 74 to drop to five over.

Also on nine over is Marc Leishman, who crashed out of contention with four back-nine bogeys en route to a 78.