Mark Wilson overtakes Tommy Gainey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Wilson had some fun on the
amphitheater 16th hole in the third round of the Phoenix Open,
donning a cheesehead and joining caddie Chris Jones to lead the
rowdy fans in Packers chants.

The Wisconsin player, two strokes ahead of three players when
play was suspended Sunday because of darkness, will be careful not
to get too carried away Monday morning when he hits the 20,000-seat
hole in the final round.

"I'm just going to try to make birdies in a smart way, not
going to be firing at every pin," said Wilson, the Sony Open
winner last month in Hawaii. "That's silly. Just hit smart shots
and try to roll in the putts."

Wearing a yellow visor and green shirt in support of his beloved
Packers, Wilson did just that late Sunday, breaking a tie with
Tommy Gainey with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th. Gainey
three-putted the hole for a bogey.

"I birdied some tough holes," Wilson said. "The 4-iron I hit
on 12 was the best swing of the day and I rolled in that putt. Just
felt good.

"Been a long ride. I mean, four holes the first day, 28 holes
the next day and then four holes and now 31 holes, and we'll do
five more tomorrow and see what happens."

Wilson and Gainey were facing 20-foot birdie putts on the par-5
13th when they decided it was too dark to finish the hole.

"I was thinking about putting it, but it's hard to read and
it's a goofy little putt," Wilson said. "It'll be a lot easier
tomorrow morning.

"Someone was screaming in my head saying, `Don't putt this
tonight!' So, when I heard that voice, I said, 'Let's mark it."'

Wilson was 18 under on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course.

Gainey was tied for second with Vijay Singh and Jason Dufner.
Singh shot a 5-under 66, while Dufner had four holes left.

The start Sunday was delayed a half-hour because of frost. About
nine hours of playing time has been lost to frost and frozen turf,
forcing the Monday finish.

Wilson completed a 68 in the third round Sunday and was 2 under
through 12 holes in the final round. He got Super Bowl updates from
the on-course announcers.

"The saddest thing is I couldn't watch the first half of the
Super Bowl," he said.

Gainey was 1 over in the final round after shooting a 68 in the
third round to take a one-stroke lead over Wilson.

"I'm not too happy in my position right now, two back, but I've
just got to come out tomorrow and just get it done," Gainey said.
"Just start making some putts."

He matched Wilson with a bogey on the par-4 11th after driving
into the water on the left, then dropped another stroke on 12 when
he three-putted from 90 feet.

"I made a couple bogeys the last few holes, and you know, I
didn't think I really hit that many bad shots to be honest with
you," Gainey said. "The drive on No. 11, I thought was good. I
hit it in the middle of the fairway and it just happened to go in
the water. That's just how it goes."

Singh, winless since 2008, was the last player off the course,
putting out on the par-4 18th in the dark more than 10 minutes
after Wilson and Gainey stopped playing.

"I've got no chance," Singh said. "They're going to come back
tomorrow and I think the leaders have two par 5s to go and 17, and
they're good enough players."

Singh has been slowed by right knee problems.

"Considering all, this is the first time that I've actually
felt good, and coming back to the way I know how to play golf," he
said. "Whatever happens, I'm very satisfied with my result this

J.B. Holmes (67) and Nick Watney (68) finished at 15 under.
Martin Laird and Chris Couch also were 15 under. Laird had two
holes left, and Couch had five.

Fan favorites Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, paired together
in the second-to-last group, dropped out of contention.

Fowler holed out from 123 yards on the final hole of the third
round for a 69, but was six strokes back at 12 under with five
holes left.

Mickelson, second a week ago in San Diego, had a 71 in the third
round and was 11 under overall. He needs at least a solo
third-place finish to pass Tiger Woods for No. 3 in the world.
Lefty hasn't been ranked ahead of Woods since the week before the
1997 Masters.

Fowler wore a hot pink hat, shirt and shoes in the third round,
prompting a female fan near the 16th green to shout "Rickie, I
want your shoes!" In the fourth round, he switched to an
all-orange "Oklahoma State" ensemble.