Laird takes a 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open.

Laird made 10-footers for par on the 16th and 18th holes and had a 3-under 68, giving him a three-shot lead going into the final round over a new pair of the next generation.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan roared into contention with a 63. Brooks Koepka finally found some fairways and used his power to shoot a 64. They were tied for second with Zach Johnson, who had a 67.

Laird, a Scot who has lived the last 14 years in Scottsdale, was at 13-under 200.

Among those still in the mix was Francesco Molinari, who made a hole-in-one before more than 15,000 rowdy fans on the par-3 16th hole.

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