DOHA, Qatar, March 16 (UPI) -- Adam Scott started the day three shots ahead at the Qatar Masters Saturday and ended it the same way, moving the 21-year-old australian closer to his second victory on the European Tour.
A third-round 69 gave Scott a 14-under total of 202 and maintained his position at the top. The order of his closest challengers, however, underwent some change.
Jean-Francois Remesy of France carded a 68 for an 11-under 205.
Scott, winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2001, could have extended his lead even further but saw his four-foot birdie effort at the last hit a spike mark and miss the hole to the right.
"It would have been nice to make that one at the last, but overall it is a good result because it was a tough day out there with the wind blowing a lot," Scott said. "I had the chance to run away with it because I played beautifully on the front nine."
Scott was five clear of the field at one stage, but he dropped his only shot of the day at the 12th, where his 8-iron approach flew through the back of the green.
"Tomorrow I will go out and try to be comfortable straight away, get a putt going in or something like that to get relaxed and get into a good rhythm," he said. "That will be the key. It's nothing you can force, you've just got to let it happen and I think my time has come."