Golf - Watson moves two ahead in Phoenix

Bubba Watson birdied three of the first eight holes, and conjured another from desert scrub at the 17th, to seize a two-shot lead in Saturday's third round of the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Golf - Watson moves two ahead in Phoenix

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Bubba Watson throws souvenirs into the crowd on the 16th hole during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale on February 1, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

The former Masters champion, co-leader with Australian journeyman Matt Jones after the delayed second round was completed earlier in the day, fired a three-under-par 68 on a day of blazing sunshine at the TPC Scottsdale.

American left-hander Watson, seeking his first US Tour title since his breakthrough major win at the 2012 Masters, mixed four birdies with a lone bogey at the 10th for a 15-under total of 198.

Burly Kevin Stadler reeled off five birdies in the last six holes for a 67 to sit two strokes off the pace, one ahead of fellow Americans Harris English (69) and Ryan Moore (64) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (68).

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