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November 09, 2013

What you need to know for Sunday in the world of golf

Idol conditions in Australia

Hear that? That's the sound of American PGA Tour sponsors kicking themselves for not having the luxury of an Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler pairing in the final round of their tournament. Oh, and the Australian PGA is Adam Scott's first event in his home country since becoming a major champion? Aside from winning the Masters, Scott has become an international superstar, not to mention the second-ranked player in the world, and winning in his homecoming would provide a fairytale ending to his 2013. Just don't tell that to golf fans in the northern hemisphere, who, for the second-straight week, are in the unenviable position of watching such great drama play out in the wee hours of the morning.


Adam Scott is feeling right at home in Australia. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Tiger's eventful round drops him to third place

Speaking of wee hours, you would have had to get up pretty early in the morning to see Tiger stumble into his third-round finish at the Turkish Airlines Open. Tiger mixed three bogeys with three birdies during a six-hole stretch that started at the par-5 11th, where he found his tee shot nestled against a tree that he hit with his 3-wood on his second shot. Shaking off the pain, Tiger still managed a 4-under, 68 on the day, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with Victor Dubuisson of France, whose 63 opened up a five-stroke lead over Ian Poulter, with Woods and Henrik Stenson six back. Shaping up for another strong inter-continental finish abroad.

Playing for a return trip to Georgia

Chris Kirk and Briny Baird both birdied the 18th hole to grab a one-stroke advantage over a very tight leader board at Sea Island. Kirk drained a 25-footer and Baird followed suit with an eight-foot birdie to both move one shot clear of Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and John Senden. All told, twelve players are separated by only four shots going into Sunday, a group that includes Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson. Baird is looking for his first career win on the PGA Tour in his 365th event, but his lack of experience in the winner's circle is not uncommon among this group. Take out Gay's four wins on Tour, and the next top seven players on the leader board have combined for three career victories. Of course, the winner of the McGladrey Classic will earn a trip back to Georgia in April for the Masters.