Mickelson on the charge

  • Last Updated: September 9 2012, 8:32 BST

Phil Mickelson equalled the course record with a stunning eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to surge into a share of the lead alongside Vijay Singh in the PGA Tour BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.

Mickelson: Shot a 64 on Saturday at Crooked Stick

The four-time major winner had 10 birdies, offset only by bogeys at the third and 14th holes, and will head into Sunday's final round tied with Fijian Singh on 16 under par.

Midway leader Singh carded a third-round 69, which would have looked much healthier had he not bogeyed three of his last five holes.

The pair were a shot clear of England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's world number one Rory McIlroy after 54 holes.

Westwood posted a four-under 68 on Saturday, spurred by three birdies in his closing four holes, with PGA champion McIlroy signing for a 69.

Tiger Woods, who was level with McIlroy a stroke behind Singh heading into the third round, slipped off the pace with a 71.

The 14-time major winner, who had four bogeys on his front nine, will start Sunday on 13 under and in eighth place - a shot behind fellow Americans Robert Garrigus (66), Dustin Johnson (67) and Australia's Adam Scott (66).

Speaking after his sparkling round, Mickelson expressed his delight at the form he has shown over the past two weeks.

"Certainly my game went south for a while, and I was trying to piece it back together," said the American left-hander, who finished joint fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton on Monday.

"I started with some iron play and it progressed to getting my driver back to where I was hitting the ball straight and getting my speed back, and now the putter is back.

"It's taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest level again.

"I knew heading into this week I was going to have a good week. I came out very anxious on Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine and didn't play a good nine holes.

"But after that I've been able to settle down and play some good golf. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's shootout. It should be fun."

McIlroy admitted he had not been at his best but was content with his position heading into Sunday.

"It wasn't the greatest ball-striking round out there that I've ever had, but I somehow managed to scrape it around in 69 and still in with a chance," the 23-year-old said.

"As badly as I did hit it out there, I'm still happy with my position going into tomorrow."

Collated third-round scores and total (USA unless stated, par 72):

200 Phil Mickelson 69 67 64, Vijay Singh (Fij) 65 66 69

201 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 64 68 69, Lee Westwood (Eng) 68 65 68

202 Dustin Johnson 68 67 67, Robert Garrigus 67 69 66, Adam Scott (Aus) 68 68 66

203 Tiger Woods 65 67 71

204 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 68 67 69, Zach Johnson 67 69 68, Bo Van Pelt 64 69 71

205 Chris Kirk 68 68 69, Ian Poulter (Eng) 68 68 69, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 68 69 68, Ryan Moore 66 66 73, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 70 65 70

206 Jim Furyk 69 70 67

207 Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 68 66 73, Bill Haas 71 64 72, Justin Rose (Eng) 67 70 70, Kyle Stanley 68 70 69, Ben Curtis 70 69 68, Troy Matteson 70 66 71

208 Brendon De Jonge 71 66 71, Ernie Els (Rsa) 68 71 69, Graham Delaet (Can) 64 70 74

209 Steve Stricker 68 73 68, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 69 68 72, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 69 69 71, Martin Laird (Sco) 69 68 72, Tom Gillis 69 67 73, John Huh (Kor) 70 66 73, Brandt Snedeker 69 69 71

210 Matthew Every 68 71 71, Luke Donald (Eng) 66 72 72, Rickie Fowler 67 70 73

211 Kevin Na 72 71 68, Nick Watney 70 69 72, Pat Perez 72 72 67, J.B. Holmes 70 74 67, Bob Estes 71 69 71, Bubba Watson 69 71 71

212 Ben Crane 67 71 74, Jason Dufner 72 67 73, Ryan Palmer 66 73 73, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 74 70 68, Brian Harman 73 69 70, Webb Simpson 64 75 73

213 D.A. Points 74 71 68, Jeff Overton 74 72 67, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 68 71 74, Johnson Wagner 70 71 72

214 Charlie Wi (Kor) 70 72 72, Matt Kuchar 69 73 72

215 Bud Cauley 69 72 74, Kevin Stadler 69 73 73, John Senden (Aus) 70 69 76, Jimmy Walker 67 76 72, Scott Piercy 72 71 72, Tim Clark (Rsa) 71 71 73

216 Keegan Bradley 71 70 75, Charley Hoffman 75 72 69, David Hearn (Can) 69 70 77

217 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 75 72 70

218 Dicky Pride 76 71 71, Mark Wilson 72 76 70

219 Bryce Molder 77 72 70, Marc Leishman (Aus) 75 73 71

221 William McGirt 77 72 72

223 Hunter Mahan 70 73 80