Scott started the day two shots behind Ormsby and Strange but
made up the ground after his two playing partners shot 71.
American Boo Weekley, who led after the first round, kept himself in
the hunt with a 69 that featured a chip-in for eagle on the par-five
Weekley finished the day at a combined nine-under, one behind the
leading trio, and tied for fourth with Australia's Jason Scrivener,
who signed for a 68.
New Zealand's Michael Hendry climbed to outright sixth place, at
eight under, after shooting a 67, the best round of the day.
Scott, defending the title he won last year at the Royal Pines
Resort on the Gold Coast near where he was raised, had four birdies
and one bogey in his round but was unhappy with his putting.
"The winner ends up making putts, so I need to make a few," he told
"It was tough today to go super-low with the tricky conditions but
hopefully the wind is a down a little and there could be a few
birdies up for grabs out there."
The world number three will go into the final day as a heavy
favorite to claim his sixth title on the Australasian PGA Tour.
"Whether it's here or any other tournament that you win... I've got
lots of experience to go off over my whole career," Scott said.
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"I've been in this position a lot. It's worked out a lot of time and
it hasn't others so I'll try and do all the things I can to kind of
give myself the advantage."
The 34-year-old Scott trailed Strange by a stroke with two holes to
play but got back on level terms when the leader bogeyed the 17th.
Ormsby slipped two shots behind when he bogeyed the ninth and 11th
holes but pulled one back with a birdie on the 12th then drained a
long birdie on the last to rejoin the lead.
Ormsby and Scott played together as juniors and remain good friends
with the pair staying at the world number three's Gold Coast home
during the tournament.
"He's been a good host," Ormsby said. "I'll just try and play as
good a golf as I can and I think hopefully I'll be somewhere at the
(Writing by Julian Linden; Editing by John O'Brien)
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