The BMW Championship turned into golf's version of an All-Star game Saturday with Phil Mickelson making 10 birdies to share the lead with Vijay Singh, and a host of other proven players lined up behind them Saturday at Crooked Stick (Ind.).
Mickelson shrugged when asked about all the stars on the leader board, only because he figured his name wasn't at the top. That was before Singh three-putted from 45 feet on No. 18 that made him settle for a 3-under 69. The two were at 16-under 200 going into Sunday's final round.
Rory McIlroy, going for his second straight FedEx Cup playoff win, birdied 18 to salvage an ordinary 69. He was one shot back with Lee Westwood (68).
Dustin Johnson, who has finished no worse than fourth in the other two playoff events, had a 67 and was two shots behind along with Adam Scott (66) and Robert Garrigus (66), who is trying to play his way into the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake (Ga.) in two weeks.
Not to be forgotten is Tiger Woods, who turned his sloppy play around by chipping in from 25 feet on No. 9 that began a run of four birdies in a five-hole stretch. He had a 71 and was three shots behind.
"I'm within reach," he said. "I have to probably shoot 63 or 64 tomorrow to have a chance."
Singh, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour in four years, made enough birdies to offset a few silly mistakes.
"I've had three good rounds of putting," he said. "And I need one more."
"I came out Thursday and forced it a little too much," Mickelson said. "But after that, I've been able to settle down and play some good golf."
LPGA Tour: Pleasanton native Paula Creamer moved into position to end a two-year victory drought, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.
The nine-time tour winner chipped in for birdie on the par-4 13th in her bogey-free round. She was at 16-under 197.
Second-round leader Jiyai Shin was second after a 69.
European Tour: Peter Hanson received an exemption from KLM Open officials to use his mobile phone during play so he could keep in contact with his wife over his seriously ill 1-year-old son.
Tim Hanson contracted a respiratory virus known as RS and was isolated Friday in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla., where the family is based. With the virus being contagious, Peter Hanson was warned by doctors to avoid his family, for now. So he elected to stay in the KLM Open.
Despite his concerns for his family and a lack of sleep, he shot a 3-under 67 and was one stroke behind the leaders at Hilversum, Netherlands.
Pablo Larrazabal (64), Scott Jamieson (66), Graeme Storm (69) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) were all at 12-under 198.
"It's just so tough as my mind is in Florida with my wife and children, but then I'm still trying to focus and win this event," he said.