Laird pushes lead to 3 in Phoenix

Scottsdale, AZ ( – Martin Laird shot 3-under 68 on Saturday
and he extended his lead to three strokes after 54 holes of the Phoenix Open.

Laird ended three rounds at 13-under-par 200. He will go for his fourth PGA
Tour title on Sunday.

Hideki Matsuyama fired an 8-under 63, the low round of the week at the TPC
Scottsdale, and he soared into a share of second place at minus-10. He was
joined there by Brooks Koepka (64) and Zach Johnson (67).

Jon Rahm, who is a member of the Arizona State golf team, posted a 5-under 66
and he improved into a tie for fifth at 9-under-par 204. He stands alongside
first-round leader Ryan Palmer (68) and Justin Thomas (69).

Bubba Watson (69), Angel Cabrera (69) and Francesco Molinari (64) are among
nine players tied for eighth place at minus-8. Molinari had a hole-in-one on
the raucous par-3 16th.