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Snedeker slips, Scott takes lead

other Updated: Jul 21, 2012 23:00 IST

Adam Scott took the lead in the third round of the British Open at Royal Lytham on Saturday as Brandt Snedeker finally proved fallible with his putter.

American Snedeker started the day on 10-under par following rounds of 66 and 64 that equalled the lowest first 36 holes in Open and Major championship history. Scott, from Australia, was one shot back after rounds of 64 and 67.

Next best was Tiger Woods, who was four shots off the pace.

Snedeker, who went bogey-free in the first two rounds, and Scott parred their first four holes, playing risk-free golf and waiting to see if anyone would make a run at them.

But at the par-three fifth, Snedeker finally allowed a bogey by missing a five-footer to fall back level with Scott at nine under. He promptly took another bogey at the next, landing in one of Lytham's 206 pot bunkers for the first time and having to hit out sideways.

The chasing pack, an array of international talent, ebbed and flowed in the perfect playing conditions. Leading the way was 14-time Major winner Woods.

He got off to a dreadul start by missing makeable putts at the first and third before rebounding with a monster putt at the sixth followed by a second birdie at the par-five seventh. That put him back at six under, four shots off the lead.

Hole-in-one for Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri recorded a hole-in-one at the par-three ninth hole when he struck a nine-iron 150 yards into the cup. The 25-year-old notched the first ace of the 141st Championship at the furthest point of the course away from the clubhouse to excite the Lytham galleries.

Lahiri's wonder shot took him to one-under-par, but a final-hole bogey left him even-par at T21. It was a bad day for Jeev Mikha Singh, as he carded a 76 to plummet to T76.