THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

Adam Scott hoping to celebrate first Australian victory at the Masters

Last Updated: 14/04/13 2:14am

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Adam Scott: One shot off the lead going into the final round

Adam Scott: One shot off the lead going into the final round

Adam Scott believes the Australian jinx at the Masters can finally end on Sunday after he moved within a shot of the lead after the third round.

The 2011 runner-up was four shots off the pace until he carded three birdies in five holes from the 13th before parring in to post a three-under 69.

Scott will go into the final round just a shot behind the leaders, while compatriots Jason Day and Marc Leishman are also well in contention on five under.

"It's huge, to win the Masters would be incredible," said Scott, who was on course to land his first major at The Open last year until he squandered a four-shot lead with four to play.

"It would be great for Australia and we have never looked better odds-wise other than that one Sunday in 1996.

"I don't think I need to do much different. If I am in the same position on Sunday as I was at the Open then I am obviously playing an incredible round and I will be just trying to finish the job.

"It's going to take a great round. There are too many great players right there. I'm going to need a career round and that's what these big events do for someone. It's a career round that makes them a champion."

Day started the day one ahead and was tied for the lead with two to play until he bogeyed the final two holes to post a 73, but he remained confident of his chance on Sunday.

"It's a great opportunity for all of us to be the first," Day said. "So many Aussies in the past have had an opportunity to win the Masters and fell short a little bit, so if it happens on Sunday, that's great.

"If it doesn't, then we're going to keep plugging away."

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