Defending champion Aaron Baddeley made a par on the first hole Sunday, the only player among the top 20 on the leaderboard not to take advantage of the short par-5 by making a birdie or eagle.
Bo Van Pelt, Kyle Stanley and J.B. Holmes each made eagle-3s, while the rest of the top 20 made birdie.
The NTO’s third-round lead of 7 under, shared by Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, is the highest at the event since 1996, when Neal Lancaster led after 54 holes. Craig Stadler (USC) went on to win that tournament.
The 7 under score is the highest on the PGA Tour since last year’s PGA Championship, which, incidentally, was won by Bradley.