'This afternoon was just about making a few birdies and hopefully staying out in front' Adam Scott has had to contend with gale-force winds, torrential rain and rounds lasting three days in his recent outings, but there was scant evidence of concentration problems at Pine Valley Golf Club when he finished 19 under par with seven holes to play in his third round in the Johnnie Walker Classic yesterday. The tournament has had its share of weather problems and most players still had to finish the third round heading into today. Scott had a surging performance over the day, tying the tournament record, set by Ernie Els in 2003, for the first 36 holes after a 66 in the morning. 'It was a long day but a good day and I did what I had to do, because I knew the guys behind me were going to make birdies if there was no wind so that worked well and hopefully we can get some nice conditions tomorrow and everything keeps rolling along because I feel comfortable,' said Scott, who is currently ranked 10th in the world and is chasing his ninth career victory. The only slight lapse in concentration came on the sixth. 'I three putted from the back edge where I had a little bit of a lapse of concentration which can happen in a long day but I bounced back and made a couple of birdies which was pleasing,' said Scott. So far, Scott's most meaningful win was the 2004 Players Championship, which is widely regarded as the sport's fifth major. As he knew he was unlikely to finish his round yesterday, it became a question of getting as many shots on the board as possible. 'This afternoon was just about making a few birdies and hopefully staying out in front and so far so good,' he said. He isolated South Africa's Retief Goosen as the main threat going into today's play. The US Open champion fired a 67 in the morning and was 12 under after 11 holes in his third round alongside fellow-South African Richard Sterne and Briton Steven O'Hara. 'Goose is playing well and has found his stride and he seems at the moment to be the danger man. But overall I'm very happy,' Scott said. Sweden's Henrik Stenson finished the day in joint-second place with America's Gary Rusnak on 13 under after a flurry of six birdies in 12 holes during his third round. 'I have been playing solid all day and I am looking forward to the rest of the tournament,' said Stenson. Rusnak's performance is all the more ironic as he was considering quitting the game because of the stress of travelling to the Asian tour from his Florida home. 'I've been debating whether to continue playing,' he said. 'I've got two young kids and they cry every time I leave home to come here, so it's just hard.' Local favourite Zhang Lianwei finished at four under while Liang Wenchong, who started the third round one under, finished five under. Britain's Luke Donald, who tied for third at the US Masters, was one of 28 players to complete his third round, producing a fine 65 to improve to 11 under. World number three and twice champion Els was at 10 under after 14 holes, one ahead of playing partner Sergio Garcia and Briton Colin Montgomerie. Britain's six-times major winner Nick Faldo missed the cut by one stroke in the morning as rounds of 75 and 69 left him at level-par 144. The US$2.3 million event is jointly sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours. There was almost no wind in evidence yesterday, after strong winds wreaked havoc and forced play to be abandoned on Thursday. The weather has been a major variable in Beijing of late - three weeks ago the Pine Valley Golf Club was covered in snow. Pine Valley course manager Bob Guthrie said the outlook for today was considerably brighter: clear skies with a light breeze, with temperatures of around 23 or 24 degrees Celsius.