Adam Scott owning famed island green hole

Adam Scott has made birdie putts of just 19 inches, 20 inches and 30 inches on the feared par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in The Players Championship.

ADAM SCOTT of Australia.
ADAM SCOTT of Australia. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

It's been a largely forgettable three days at The Players Championship for Adam Scott but the 2004 champion has been so good on the famous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass that he has a tournament record in his sights.

Dreaded by many players and loved by fans, the par-3 has already claimed 56 balls in the water surrounding the island green in three rounds.

But Australian Scott has owned it, his consistent excellence scarcely believable.

He has birdied the hole each day, hitting each tee shot so close he needed tiddler putts of just 19 inches, 20 inches and 30 inches - going very close to a hole in one on the first two days while being closest to the pin all three days.

Scott's cumulative putt distance of five feet nine inches is the best in the first three rounds since that data has been kept (2003).

He is well on track to beat the record four-round cumulative distance of 21 feet 11 inches set by Kevin Chappell in 2016.

He also has the chance to become only the third player in tournament history to birdie the 17th in all four rounds after Paul Azinger (1987) and Kyle Stanley (2017).