Billy Mayfair has a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C., a position that seemed unlikely when he was racing to the golf course to make his tee time for a Monday qualifier.
Finishing off an amazing week with his first victory in 12 years might be just as difficult.
Mayfair never lost the lead during a mad scramble to catch him Saturday, finishing with two strong pars for 1-under-par 71 and 207 total that gave him the lead over Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Carolina favorite Davis Love III.
"Today was a real test for me," Mayfair said. "I kept it going for 18 holes and still have the lead going into tomorrow."
Mickelson, in his first start since winning a third green jacket, overcame food poisoning at the start of the week and a few errant shots to put himself in great position to join a strong list of champions at Quail Hollow.
He birdied the par 5s on the back nine, and escaped with par on the final hole with a two-putt from 60 feet. Mickelson purposely left the flag in the cup on his first putt because he wasn't aiming at the hole, wanting to avoid any chance of the ball running down a slope. He knocked in a 6-footer for par and a 71.
Love birdied three of his last five holes for a 4-under 68 and will play in the final group with Mayfair.
Wie one back in MexicoAi Miyazato moved into position for her third victory of the season, shooting 2-under 71 to take a one-stroke lead over long-hitting playing partners Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome in the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.
Wie, a stroke ahead after two rounds, shot 73, and Lincicome had a 72 in windy conditions on the mountainside course. Top-ranked Mexican star Lorena Ochoa, retiring after the tournament, was sixth at 10 under after a 70.
Frost shoots 66, ties
Bryant, who had a one-shot lead heading to the final hole, bogeyed 18 for his second consecutive 68. Eger also shot a 68 in the second round at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Saucier, Miss.