Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland were among the early climbers at the Workday Charity Open in Dublin, Ohio, on Saturday, each shooting a third-round 6-under 66 to enter the clubhouse in the top 10 at 9-under 207 through 54 holes.
It was a different story for first- and second-round leader Collin Morikawa, who lost his lead when he posted three bogeys in four holes, on Nos. 9, 10 and 12. With six holes to play in the round, Morikawa sat two strokes behind Justin Thomas and one behind Norway's Viktor Hovland, both of whom were still on the course.
With Morikawa unable to pull away, players such as Fowler, Woodland and Australian Matt Jones (5-under 67 to leave him at 8 under for the tournament) are hoping their stellar Saturdays at Muirfield Village Golf Club leave them a shot at the title come Sunday.
Fowler hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation Saturday, posting five birdies, an eagle and a bogey in his round. After parring the first two holes, Fowler birdied the par-4 No. 3 thanks to his approach shot from 136 yards out, but then gave the shot back with the bogey on the par-3 fourth.
After another par, Fowler eagled the par-5 seventh, beginning a run of 5 under over eight holes.
The 66 was Fowler's best round since a second-round 65 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February. The 31-year-old is seeking his first win of the season and the sixth of his career.
"I am trending in the right direction," Fowler told CBS following his round.
"To be here ... a place where I'm comfortable, that's something that's big," Fowler added. "Once you get into the weekend, cut worries are out of the way."
Starting on the back nine, Woodland carded seven birdies and a bogey, with his only slip-up coming on the par-5 18th.
He birdied Nos. 11, 13 and 15 before the bogey, then birdied three of the first four holes before finishing with a birdie on No. 9.
The 36-year-old Woodland has four career wins, his last coming at the 2019 U.S. Open.
Among other golfers, Phil Mickelson shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday to fall to even par through three rounds -- better than just two other golfers already in the clubhouse -- and South Korean Sungjae Im posted a 1-under 71 to stand at 3 under for the tournament.
--Field Level Media