SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandt Snedeker is back to playing like the rising young PGA Tour star he was supposed to be.
Snedeker, 29, rolled in his sixth birdie of the day on No. 17 and finished at 14-under 199 for a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy at the Phoenix Open.
Snedeker shot 5-under 66, while Piercy had a pair of eagles en route to 65 in the third round Saturday amid a rowdy crowd estimated at just more than 121,000. Many were on hand for the party as much, or more than, for the tournament — especially at the notorious par-3 16th.
"It was crazy," Snedeker said. "You've got to take it with a grain of salt and realize golf needs that. We need people out here having fun, being excited about being at a golf tournament. If you can't take it for one hole, good God, get over yourself and have some fun."
Snedeker's lone tour victory came at the Wyndham Championship in 2007, when he was rookie of the year.
Rickie Fowler (69) and Matt Every (68) were two back at 12 under. Former Florida Gator Camilo Villegas (71), who shared the lead with Mark Wilson after two rounds, birdied the last two holes to finish three back.
Wilson, Mark Calcavecchia and Lee Janzen were among nine at 10-under 203.
Calcavecchia, 49, has won the Phoenix Open three times, in 1989, 1992 and 2001.
LPGA: Inkster climbs into share of lead
Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato each shot 3-under 69 to share a two-shot lead after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Inkster led most of the round and finished at 7-under 209. The Hall of Famer, 49, could become the oldest winner in tour history. Beth Daniel was 46 when she won the Canadian Women's Open in 2003.
"I'd say right now I'm definitely the underdog," said Inkster, who won the last of her 31 tour titles in 2006. "I don't think anybody expects me to win."
Miyazato, who won the season opener last week in Thailand, moved into a tie with a 30-foot putt for eagle on the 16th hole.
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (72) was tied for 26th at even 216.