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Martin Laird builds 3-shot lead in Phoenix Open and chased by the next generation

  • CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Martin Laird reacts after hitting his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Martin Laird reacts after hitting his tee shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russell Knox acknowledges the gallery on the ninth hole after finishing the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Russell Knox acknowledges the gallery on the ninth hole after finishing the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Ryan Palmer hits out of the rough on fifth hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Ryan Palmer hits out of the rough on fifth hole during the third round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

For all his birdies Saturday, two big pars kept Martin Laird in control at the Phoenix Open.

Laird made 10-footers for par on the 16th and 18th holes and had a 3-under 68, giving him a three-shot lead going into the final round over a new pair of the next generation.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan roared into contention with a 63. Brooks Koepka finally found some fairways and used his power to shoot a 64. They were tied for second with Zach Johnson, who had a 67.

Laird, a Scot who has lived the last 14 years in Scottsdale, was at 13-under 200.

Among those still in the mix was Francesco Molinari, who made a hole-in-one before more than 15,000 rowdy fans on the par-3 16th hole.