The Australian Masters is a two-horse race between Ian Poulter and Adam Scott

Last Updated: 18/11/12 5:40am

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Ian Poulter: On course to defend Australian Masters crown

Ian Poulter: On course to defend Australian Masters crown

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Ian Poulter and Adam Scott are set for a final round showdown at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Poulter fired a brilliant eight-under-par 64 in the third round at Kingston Heath to move to 13 under.

That put the Englishman one shot ahead of Australian Scott who served up a mixed bag in his 67.

Third round leaderboard

(Aus unless stated)
-13 I Poulter (Eng)
-12 A Scott
-7 M Guyatt
-6 M Brown (NZ)

There are then five shots back to third-placed Matthew Guyatt of Australia after the halfway leader could only manage a 75.

New Zealand's Mark Brown is fourth on six under following a 67, while Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell is back on one under in a tie for 13th after posting an early 67 as he bounced back from his 77 on Friday.

Defending champion Poulter, playing in the penultimate group, made a strong start with five birdies over the opening seven holes, as his playing partner Scott mixed four birdies with a bogey at the fourth on the front nine.

The pair both posted four birdies on the back nine, although they slipped up at the same time with bogeys on the 16th, while Scott also dropped a shot on the 17th.

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