Holmes surges into lead at FBR

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --- The enormous crowd wasn't behind leader J.B. Holmes. But he wasn't alone.


"I don't think the crowd was behind anybody," Holmes said after taking a two-shot lead at the FBR Open on Saturday in front of a record 170,802 fans, most of them more interested in partying than golf.

"Especially on 16 and 17," he said. "Usually, if you miss the green, they boo you. We were hitting the green, and they were booing you. When the putt went in they cheered, but they're rough on you."

Holmes, who won the FBR as a rookie in 2006 but is winless since, shot 5-under-par 66 in the third round for a 14-under-par 199 total heading into today's final round.

Charles Warren, co-leader after the first round, shot 67, bogeying No. 18, to match Jonathan Byrd (68) at 12 under par..

Ben Crane and Nick O'Hern were 11 under par, and two-time champion Phil Mickelson was in a group of six at 10 under par.

The turnout broke the single-day record of 168,337 set in 2006.

"The entire golf course had people everywhere," Mickelson said. "It's so special for this tournament, for the game of golf, to have something like this."

With one day to go, the tournament has drawn 466,551 fans. Turnout always falls considerably for the Sunday round, even when the Super Bowl is not just down the road, but the overall tournament attendance record of 536,767 is well within reach.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Morelia, Mexico, Jarrod Lyle shot 4-under-par 67 to move into a tie for the lead with Greg Chalmers after the third round of the Mexico Open.

Lyle and Chalmers (71) are at 9-under-par 204.

Tom Johnson (70) and Matthew Every (71) are a shot back.

WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN: In Melborune, Australia, defending champion Karrie Webb had an even-par 73 in windy conditions and is one shot off the lead going into the final round.

Webb trails fellow Australian Lindsey Wright, who had 72 to lead the tournament at 3 under par.


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