Jeff Maggert maintained his lead at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix by shooting a 2-under-par 69 on Saturday for a one-stroke advantage over Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Maggert, with a 54-hole score of 16-under 197, has been the leader after all three rounds at Phoenix Country Club, but Jimenez made the biggest move of the day with an 8-under 63 to finish 15 under.
Also among the leaders are South Africa's Retief Goosen (66 on Saturday) in third at 14 under, Joe Durant (65) at 13 under, and Woody Austin (64) and Germany's Bernhard Langer (69) tied for fifth at 12 under.
Maggert, a four-time winner on the Champions Tour, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to make up for a bogey at No. 13, his second of the day in a round that included three other birdies.
Jimenez shot the best round of the day after opening 65-70. He birdied three consecutive holes at Nos. 3-5, then added six more, managing only one bogey on the par-3 13th.
Langer, who is in third place in the point standings, as well as second-place Jerry Kelly, fourth-place Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and fifth-place Goosen, are attempting to catch points leader Scott McCarron in the tour's final event of the season for the PGA Tour Champions title.
McCarron, who is tied for 25th and 12 shots behind Maggert after a 69 on Saturday, and Kelly (trailing by seven strokes) would each take the season-long Charles Schwab Cup with a victory but don't necessarily have to win the tournament. Langer, Montgomerie and Goosen still have a mathematical chance to win the Cup, but it would require a victory on Sunday.
To claim the Charles Schwab Cup, Kelly (tied for 12th in this tournament) needs to finish as low as a tie for sixth and McCarron needs to finish in a tie for 27th or worse.
The remainder of the 34-player Phoenix field has no mathematical chance at winning the yearlong championship.
The top five players in the standings at the end of the tournament will share the $2.1 million purse of bonus annuities: 1st -- $1 million, 2nd -- $500,000, 3rd -- $300,000, 4th -- $200,000, 5th -- $100,000.
--Field Level Media