ATLANTA (AFP) - England's Lee Westwood and Australian Adam Scott lurked below par on an American-dominated leaderboard as the third round of the PGA Championship began, promising a wide-open major title fight. The stage was set for warm temperatures and high drama at Atlanta Athletic club with only one major champion, 2003 US Open winner Jim Furyk, among the 13 top players on the leaderboard. A 7,467-yard course that yielded the lowest 72-hole score in major history at 265 to 2001 PGA winner David Toms has surrendered an 18-hole major record tying 63 to Steve Stricker and a 64 Friday to 36-hole co-leader Keegan Bradley. "This course will hurt you if you hit bad shots but if you hit good shots it will reward you," Bradley said. "I'm going to just try to keep it going." Bradley, an American rookie who won the Byron Nelson title in a May playoff, and equally unheralded countryman Jason Dufner, still seeking his first PGA title, shared the mid-point lead on five-under 135. Australian John Senden and American D.A. Points, the leaders so far in reaching greens in regulation, shared third on 136 with US veterans Furyk and Scott Verplank. "There is a low score out there if you really strike it well," Senden said. "But you haven't got to be off that much to be in an awkward position. I think patience is the name of the game." Denmark's Anders Hansen and Americans Stricker, Brandt Jobe and Brendan Steele were another stroke adrift with Venezuelan Jhonny Vegas, American Jerry Kelly and Scott, a winner last week in a World Golf Champions event, on 138. "I'm really happy with two 69s and not far from the lead," Scott said. "It's a good spot to be in heading into the weekend." Scott, who took a double bogey at 18 to stumble back on Friday, sees some chances to build low rounds if players pick the right moments to take chances. "It's hard work but there are a few opportunities to score here and there, but obviously there are some really tough stretches as well," Scott said. "With great golf you can make up a few shots. I don't think you have to sit there and wait for people to come back." The Americans are trying to end a record six-major US win drought and avoid having 2011 match 1994 as the only years with no American major champion. Phil Mickelson's Masters victory last year was the most recent by a US man. Twelve different players have won the past 12 majors and first-time major winners have taken the past six events in a row and nine of the last 10.