Scotland’s Martin Laird fired a third round of 68 to carry a three-shot lead into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

Scotland’s Martin Laird fired a third round of 68 to carry a three-shot lead into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

Laird made crucial par saves on the 16th and 18th holes to score a 68 and extend his advantage at the top of the board to three strokes. His 54-hole total is 13-under-par. The Scot leads from young Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Brooks Koepka and Zach Johnson of the USA.

“Today was a little bit of everything,” said Laird. “Some of my best shots and some of my worst. I’m just happy to extend my lead and I’ll have to play better tomorrow.”

Matsuyama fired the lowest round of the week so far, a 63 that contained eight birdies and no mistakes. He’s at 10-under-par, together with Brooks Koepka from Florida who posted a 64 and Zach Johnson who carded a 67.

Surprise of the day was Spanish amateur Jon Rahm. He’s a junior at Arizona State who got into the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption. He posted a superb 66 to sit in a tie for fifth place on 9-under-par.

Roar of the day came for Francesco Molinari. The Italian made a hole-in-one on the famous par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale. Some 15,000 spectators were there to witness the shot.

The tournament is still wide-open going into the final round, there are 15 players within five shots of the lead and, as Matsuyama and Koepka proved on Saturday, there’s a low-score out there.

Amongst those in contention is another Scot, Russell Knox from Inverness, who shot a third round 65 to reach nine-under-par.

Waste Management Phoenix Open – Scores after Round 3
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
Jan 29 – Feb 1, purse: $6,300,000, par: 71

1    Martin Laird (Sco)            66    66    68    200
T2    Hideki Matsuyama (Jap)        69    71    63    203
T2    Brooks Koepka (USA)        71    68    64    203    
T2    Zach Johnson (USA)        66    70    67    203  
T5    Jon Rahm (Esp)            70    68    66    204
T5    Ryan Palmer (USA)        64    72    68    204
T5    Justin Thomas (USA)        67    68    69    204
T8    Russell Henley (USA)        69    71    65    205
T8    Russell Knox (Sco)        69    71    65    205
T8    Kevin Chappell (USA)        75    65    65    205
T8    Francesco Molinari (Ita)        70    71    64    205
T8    Robert Streb (USA)        66    70    69    205
T8    Angel Cabrera (Arg)        67    69    69    205
T8    Bubba Watson (USA)        65    71    69    205
T8    Ryan Moore (USA)        69    67    69    205
T8    Daniel Berger (USA)        65    69    71    205

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage