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Waste Management Phoenix Open 2013 leaderboard: Phil Mickelson leads Brandt Snedeker by 5 shots

Phil's shot at the 72-hole record may be slipping away, but he's maintaining a comfortable lead early in the final round.

Hunter Martin

The full field is on the course at TPC Scottsdale, and the final group of Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, and Padraig Harrington are now five holes through Sunday's final round. Mickelson maintains his comfortable cushion, leading Snedeker by five shots.

Phil is attempting to break the 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour, but he'll need to pick up the pace after a (relatively for this week) slow start. He dropped a shot with a bogey on No. 2, but quickly got back to even by draining a lengthy 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 4. He's remained even through those first five holes, and Snedeker has picked up a shot to close the gap to five.

Snedeker will also need to get hot, as he likely needed a super low round to push Mickelson, who should be in the 60s by the end of the day. That means the defending FedExCup winner will need to be in the low 60s, something he's certainly capable of given his exceptional work with the putter. But a 1-under start for Snedeker will not make Mickelson uneasy as they move closer and closer to the turn.

The biggest mover of the day is Ryan Palmer, who has climbed 19 spots into a tie for seventh. Palmer started the day with five birdies on his first six holes, but his round has evened out as well and he's now 6-under through 11 holes. Bo Van Pelt, who shot 59 in the pro-am on Wednesday, has the best round going so far at 7-under through his first 11 holes.

While the shot at 72-hole record may be slipping a bit, Mickelson's grip on the top of the leaderboard is not, and by the time he gets to the rowdy stadium at the 16th hole, it could be academic and the start of a victory celebration.

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