Scores were again low Saturday amid record crowds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, though the leaderboard underwent a bit of a reshuffle by day's end. Here's how things look after three rounds at TPC Scottsdale, where Bubba Watson is trying to go wire to wire:
Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-15), Kevin Stadler (-13), Ryan Moore (-12), Harris English (-12), Hideki Matsuyama (-12), Hunter Mahan (-11)
What it means: Watson's lead grew to four shots at one point but he squandered nearly all of it before cementing his spot atop the standings with a remarkable birdie on the 17th hole. The southpaw was erratic off the tee, including hitting a shot under a bush at the 13th (where he received a free drop), but escaped from most of his miscues unscathed, and now stands just 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour title since putting on the green jacket at Augusta National in 2012.
Round of the day: After a Friday 74, Brendan Steele was closer to the cut line than the leaderboard in Phoenix, but that changed quickly thanks to a 9-under 62. Steele notched nine birdies without dropping a shot, firing the lowest round so far this week. In the process he reached 11 under, putting himself in good shape to record a third straight top-10 finish at this event.
Best of the rest: Like Steele, Moore made it around TPC Scottsdale without a bogey, holing seven birdies for a 64. A winner earlier this season in Malaysia, Moore closed in style with six birdies on the back nine. As a result he'll begin the final round just three shots off the pace as he looks for his second win in his last five starts.
Biggest disappointment: Australian Matt Jones entered with a share of the 36-hole lead but was unable to get anything going, settling for a 1-over 72 that sent him down the leaderboard. Jones made four bogeys across a five-hole stretch and, despite closing his round with back-to-back birdies, now finds himself four shots off the pace as he looks to win for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Watson has had at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds. Closing the deal Sunday won't be easy, though, as the chase pack includes two players with wins already this season: the veteran Moore and English, one of the game's rising stars. Stadler also bears watching as he looks to win for the first time and join his father Craig in the field at the Masters this spring.