Scott (right) and Jamie Arnold. Photo: Anthony Johnson
While Adam Scott is chasing history, another Scott has already made it at Royal Sydney. Brothers Scott and Jamie Arnold became the first brothers to be paired together in the Australian Open in recent history. ''You couldn't write a better script,'' Scott said after posting a three-under round of 69 to be seven under for the tournament into the final day. ''We used to play together as kids, but we haven't actually played together for years. He's been in America, I've been in Europe. It's been a really long time since we've actually played 18 holes together. To do it today is fantastic. That was one of the best rounds I've played - especially to have my brother there. I'm making plenty of birdies, so if I keep the mistakes off my card, hopefully tomorrow we can jump a few spots up there.'' It's difficult to say if the brothers are the first to be paired together in an Open in the tournament's history. It is fair to say, if it has happened, it was long ago. In Saturday's third round, Jamie didn't have quite the success of his brother, posting a two-over round of 74 to be two under overall. That script was written a day earlier when Canadian Ryan Yip dropped a shot on his final hole, pairing the brothers together on Saturday. ''I knew when I got home that we might have a chance … it's obviously special, and to have my mum and dad, my sister here, and a few mates, it was a really good day,'' Scott said. Yet with a tournament on the line, any brotherly sledging was kept to a minimum. ''Back in the amateur days, you wanted to try and beat each other, but the way we saw it this morning, we had to try and catch Adam [Scott] and Rory [McIlroy] - we couldn't worry about a little battle between us,'' Scott said.
Golfers are always craving consistency, so you've got to hand it to young Australian Nathan Holman, who has missed just one cut this year. ''You shouldn't be missing the cut,'' the 22-year-old said. ''I've had a great year in the professional events; probably had three or four top 10 and another four top 20s. I've only finished outside the top 20 twice. I'm pretty happy with that.'' Holman is one of a posse of Australians hoping to make up some ground on Australian Open pacesetters Scott and McIlroy in Sunday's final round. Holman shot four under on Saturday to be seven under for the tournament. Importantly, though, he has positioned himself to potentially take one of three British Open spots up for grabs. ''I've got to try and put that in the back of my mind and stick to the process,'' Holman said. ''But there's definitely a lot to play for. British Open qualifying, money list, all those sorts of things.''
If Adam Scott is Australian golf's man of the moment, Ryan Ruffels (pictured) is Australian golf's boy of the moment. After receiving significant media coverage this week following his practice round with McIlroy - not to mention a 67 on Friday and a 68 on Saturday (leaving him four-under for the tournament) - he has become rather popular. ''I've gotten so many Facebook messages, Twitter messages, tagged in tweets, retweets,'' Ruffels said. ''After my round [on Friday]. I had to turn off my phone for a couple of hours. It's been awesome, the support that I've felt from my friends, my family, and everyone else. Another good round and that'll keep going.'' Having started the Open with about 200 Twitter followers, he is now up to 316 - and counting. Asked if he had been reading his own press, the 15-year-old amateur said: ''Not really,'' Ruffels said. ''Sometimes it's shoved in your face … Some of my mates show me an article, but I don't look for it.''