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Every takes Bay Hill lead

Matt Every led the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he played the last hole as overnight leader Adam Scott slipped back.

Seven clear at halfway and seemingly heading for the 11th PGA Tour title which would seem him reach world number one in time for the defence of his US Masters title, Scott had struggled to a third round of 71 on Saturday.

That saw his lead cut to three shots and that lead had been wiped out by the time the Australian reached the turn in the final round, American Every joining Scott on 13 under par.

Scott had bogeyed the first after twice finding sand, while it was a hooked drive into the water on the third which cost him another bogey.

The 33-year-old steadied the ship with a chip to four feet to set up a birdie on the par-five fourth, but then bogeyed the seventh after his tee shot plugged in a greenside bunker.

In contrast, Every was two under for his round after birdies at the fourth and ninth and a bogey at the eighth took him out in 35, the 30-year-old then adding another birdie on the 10th.

Playing partner Jason Kokrak was a shot behind on 12 under, with former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley - playing in the final group with Scott - on 11 under.

Scott had held the outright lead since the early stages of his opening round on Thursday - he went on to equal the course record with a stunning 62 - but that was no longer the case when Every made it three birdies in four holes on the 12th.

Every, who is chasing his first PGA Tour victory, holed from six feet to improve to 14 under par, one ahead of Scott and two clear of Kokrak.

Every made it four birdies in five holes from 12ft on the 13th to double his lead and soon found himself three clear of the pack when Scott bogeyed the 14th.

Scott's tee shot came up well short of the green but he elected to putt through the fringe, running his birdie attempt seven feet past the hole and missing the return.

Every had been seven shots behind Scott after round one, nine adrift at halfway and four behind coming into the final round.

A massive swing looked to be on the cards on the 16th when Every pushed his tee shot into the trees and failed to find the fairway with his escape shot, eventually making a bogey six.

In the group behind, Scott found the green in two with a towering iron shot as Every looked on, only to then three-putt for par to remain two behind.

Every then found a greenside bunker on the 17th but saved par after his recovery shot slammed into the pin and somehow stayed out, before finding the fairway on 18 as Scott missed a par putt on 17.

That left Bradley as the danger to Every as the former US PGA champion made birdie at 17 to get within two of the leader, whose approach to 18 went long into thick rough.