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Fowler takes slim lead into final round in Phoenix

Fowler takes slim lead into final round in Phoenix

Paisley, who already has a European Tour title to his name this year after winning last month's South African Open, posted seven birdies at the Saujana Golf and Country Club. "We took advantage of the last few holes, but that is the biggest scoring opportunity on the golf course".

"Getting in contention has been very important for me because that's why I play, that's why I'm working hard", he said.

In the 25-year-old's absence, Arnold Palmer remains the only player to win the Phoenix Open three years in a row from 1961-63. In terms of total attendance, the traditional Super Bowl weekend date for the tournament results in the highest numbers on Tour, a year ago reaching a record 655,434 for the week. "It's always great to play with Phil and Xander because they're great people, but it's even better when they get to play as good as you're playing and that we all feed off each other", Rahm said.

"And I knew as soon as something good happened, which is making just one putt, things was going to get rolling and that's what happened". Griffin was born with a rare airway disorder.

"I just kind of had to fight through it", he said.

Rahm, seeking a fifth worldwide title in the past year and his second U.S. tour victory in three weeks, was two-under through nine and responded to a bogey at the 10th with birdies at 11, 13, 15 and 16.

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Enter Rickie Fowler, who on Thursday fired a five-under 66, which featured one bogey ... on the par-3 16th hole.

Rahm, another Arizona State product and Phoenix's other beloved adopted son, is just a shot back of Fowler at 13 under.

The victor two weeks ago in La Quinta, Rahm eagled the par-5 third on his second nine. In 1997, Steve Jones beat Jesper Parnevik by 11, Mark Calcavecchia shot a tournament record 256 in an 8-shot win over Rocco Mediate in 2001 and J.B. Holmes beat a quintet of players by 7 strokes on his way to a victory in 2006.

"It means a lot to me", Mickelson said.

"We went over, looked, and saw a gentleman running around without any clothes, because he's definitely drunk as ever", Seth Norris, an attendee, told the Arizona Republic, via Fox News.