Twenty players are within five shots of Harrison Frazars lead heading to Super Sunday. Frazar shot 4-under 67 Saturday to retain first place, a position hes held since opening in a career-best 62.
The 31-year-old oft-injured Texan is at 17-under-par 196. He leads John Huston (66) and Tim Petrovic (68) by one.
'The names on the leaderboard behind me are pretty stout, so you know they're going to be coming after me,' said a cautious Frazar.
Retief Goosen (65), Vijay Singh (65) and local resident Kirk Triplett (63) are all two off the pace.
David Toms, who shot 63, is tied with three others at 14-under. Defending champion Chris DiMarco and three-time winner Mark Calcavecchia (66) are in a group of five at 13-under.
DiMarco shot a course-record 28 on the back nine en route to a 62. He had four birdies and a pair of eagles coming home.
'One day somebody will go real low, and there'll be somebody different the next day,' Huston said. 'You just have to stay close enough to the lead to where you can shoot good tomorrow and win.'
This is the first time since his rookie season that Frazar has held the 54-hole lead.
He was in front after three rounds of the 1998 MasterCard Colonial, but closed in 71 to finish five strokes behind winner Tom Watson.
In the years since, Frazar has dealt with an array of injuries from a broken hand to a stress fracture in his lower back to torn muscles in his hip.
This week, though, he said he's feeling better than ever, and it's easy to see in his scores of 62-67-67.
Saturday, Frazar, who started the day tied for the lead with Petrovic, was one stroke clear when he pulled his tee shot on the par-4 11th into the left water hazard. He managed to make bogey and fell into a share of first, at 15-under, with Petrovic and Huston.
Each of the three moved to 16-under in increments. Huston made a four-foot birdie at 14, and then parred his way into the house. Frazar two-putted the par-5 13th for birdie. And Petrovic, after saving par despite hitting his approach shot on the par-5 15th into the drink right of the green, birdied the raucous par-3 16th.
At the 332-yard, par-4 17th, Frazar hit a 3-wood just short of the putting surface. He chipped up to seven feet and made the putt to grab sole possession of the lead entering the final round.
Saturday's attendance at the TPC of Scottsdale was a reported 140,700. That number should drop Sunday, however, as the tournament is scheduled to conclude just minutes before the start of Super Bowl XXXVII.