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Lee takes control after third round in Phoenix

Danny Lee has flown under the radar but is not at the top of the leaderboard after a great third round.

Danny Lee has flown under the radar but is not at the top of the leaderboard after a great third round.

He has been there near the very top all along but round three was when 25-year-old New Zealander Danny Lee made his rise to the top. Lee shot 67 to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds at 13-under for the tournament.

After opening his round with a par, Lee hit three-straight birdies. His two-stroke on the fourth hole ended with a 21-foot putt. He then got out of the bunker on the fifth whole and one-putted a 12-footer to hit for par. But neither of those were his most impressive putts on the front-nine. On the eighth hole, Lee drove the ball 289 yards to the right rough. He them went 197 more yards but made it onto the green. And from 39-feet, 6-inches away, he hit it straight ahead for his forth birdie in eight holes.

Lee bogeyed both the 11th and 15th holes on the back nine but birdied with 13th and 17th to make up for it to keep his impressive around.

Lee shot 67 in round one and 66 in round two.

Matsuyama and Fowler holding strong not far behind

They led after the first round and did not fall far behind in the second and are right in the rung heading into the fourth round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. Matuyama hit three-under as he birdied five holes to counter two bogey’s. He hit a 30-foot, 7-inch putt on his first attempt on the green to birdie the first hole. He hit another 35-foot, 7-inch putt on the 14th to get it in, in three strokes on the par four.

Fowler has seen his round score go up all three days, but is still tied for second at 10-under for the tournament as he finished one-under in the third round. Fowler hit an impressive 34-foot, 4-inch putt on the 14th to stay par on the hole and one-under in the round. He birdied three of the first six holes and birdied the 13th as well to over come three earlier bogeys.

Molder, Weekley and Lefty surge up the leaderboard

Phil Mickelson had a tremendous third round to put himself in position to contend in the final round.

Phil Mickelson had a tremendous third round to put himself in position to contend in the final round.

Bryce Molder had the best third-round in the field after hitting a 64 to go seven-under to move up to a tie for fourth place with a nine-under overall score. Holder birdied five holes on the front nine, His birdied on the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th all required putts from beyond 15 feet, but he was spot on, on all of them to make up for his two-over in round two.

Boo Weekly had a rough start to the tournament, hitting only par in the first round, but followed and 68 in round two with a 65 in round three after hitting seven birdies and just one bogey to stand nine-under through three rounds.

Phil Mickelson finally had his breakout round after to so-so performances to tread water through the first two. Mickelson was just two-under through two rounds, but hit a 65 in the third round with six birdied and no bogeys. He is eight-under for the tournament and in sixth place.

Hahn drops off with 74 in third

After two impressive first rounds gave him the lead midway through the Phoenix Open, James Hahn struggled mightily in the third round, going three-over with a 74. His first two rounds kept him at seven-under, but he is five strokes behind the leader and coming off a round him which he double-bogeyed the 13th and 14th holes.

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