DOHA:Sweden's Johan Edfors continued to hold a one-shot lead midway through the third round of the $2.5 million Qatar Masters on Saturday, but a rampaging Adam Scott was lurking close behind after shooting a spectacular 65.
Scott, the 2002 champion in Qatar, blitzed seven birdies for a score of 65 that moved him to a share of second place alongside Swede Henrik Stenson, Scot Andrew Coltart and South African Charl Schwartzel.
That Stenson and Coltart are also former winners in Doha points to the possibility of the tournament having its first repeat winner in its 11-year history when it concludes on Sunday.
Edfors, who held a two shot lead into the third round, had an indifferent front nine at the Doha Golf Club, a bogey four on the eighth hole ruining his two-birdie effort on the second and seventh.
He held a one-shot lead, but with nine holes still to play, the situation could still change at the end of the day's play.
Scott shot the best round of the tournament so far, his seven under par 65 bettering Edfors' round of 66 on the second day Friday.
The Australian picked up just two birdies on the front nine, but struck a purple patch coming in, blazing birdies on the 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to put himself in contention on what could be a keenly fought affair on Sunday.
"It took me a while to get going and I didn't have any rhythm on the front nine but managed to get it around," said Scott who won in Qatar at the age of 20."
Scott was mightily impressed by playing partner Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy as the teeanger also surged into contention with a 66. He is now in joint third spot, a shot behind Scott.
"The only other guy that impresses me as much as him is Jason Day so I think he has a bright future and I am looking forward to playing with him in the next few years," the Australian said.
McIlroy made a sensational start, shooting an eagle on the very first hole and then raced to a 66 to be in joint third place with Ross McGowan.