KOHLER, Wis., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Nick Watney rode a hot putter to a 6-under 66 Saturday and built a three-shot lead with one round to play at the PGA Championship.
Watney, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and one of the sport's new wave of players who have dominated the final major championship of the year, completed 54 holes at the Whistling Straits course in 13-under 203. He missed a chance for a larger lead when he bogeyed the difficult, par-4 18th.
With the forecast rains staying away and the conditions ideal for golf, low scores were prevalent while the fog-delayed second round was completed and the third round was contested.
China's Weng Hong Liang, for instance, shot a course-record 64 and vaulted into contention for what would be a shocking victory.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, however, could not take advantage of the windless, sunny day.
Woods played the final 12 holes of his second round early Saturday, turning in a 70, then posted a 72 in the third round for a 213 total. Mickelson, again missing out on a chance to take over the No. 1 spot in the world rankings from Woods, had a 73 and stood at 1-under 215.
Tied for second at 206 were Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Johnson had a three-shot lead going into the final round of this year's U.S. Open before falling back with an 82. McIlroy, 21, showed his capabilities with a win at the Quail Hollow Championship this year.
Johnson, who along with McIlroy shot a 67 Saturday, will be paired with Watney for the final round.
Tied for fourth at 207 were Liang, Jason Day and Martin Kaymer. Jim Furyk, Steve Elkington, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner were another shot back. Matt Kuchar, who had the lead after the second round, stumbled to a 73 for a 209 total.
Watney had eight birdies during the round and took the lead when he ran in three birdie putts in a row beginning at the fifth.