Rickie Fowler birdied the last three holes to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcoming a sluggish start in front of the largest crowd in golf history in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Justin Thomas went the other way, wasting a brilliant opening run with another late meltdown.

Fowler shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to reach 14-under 199 with a round left at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, the fan-friendly layout packed with an estimated 216,818 fans.

The fourth-ranked Thomas birdied the first six holes to take the lead. But instead of making a run at his second sub-60 round in a little over a year, Thomas had to fight for an even-par 71 that left him 8 shots back. He dropped 6 strokes in a three-hole stretch, making a bogey on the par-4 14th, a triple bogey on the par-5 15th and a double bogey on the rowdy par-3 16th.

Former Arizona State players Jon Rahm and Chez Reavie were a stroke back along with Bryson DeChambeau. Phil Mickelson was 2 shots behind, another former Sun Devils star riding the crowd support.

Fowler is trying to finally win in the desert. He finished a shot behind Hunter Mahan in 2010, lost to Hideki Matsuyama on the fourth extra hole in 2016, and tied for fourth last year.

European Tour

Lee Westwood couldn’t emulate his second-round 62 but did enough to stay in contention at the Maybank Championship after shooting a 70 to trail the leaders by 3 strokes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Englishman managed only three birdies in comparison to his mammoth 11 on Friday.

Jorge Campillo of Spain and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa are the joint leaders after both shot 66s for 15 under overall at the European Tour event.

Henrik Stenson (73) and defending champion Fabrizio Zanotti (75) trail the leaders by 11 shots.

It was a day of low scores, with six golfers — including Campillo — firing an eagle on the par-5 first hole.

With 18 golfers separated by only 3 shots at the top, competition will be rife on Sunday.

Khalin Joshi of India and Berry Henson of the United States trail the leaders by 1 shot after matching 65s.

Henson is a self-proclaimed “Mr. Sunday” after shooting 65 and 64 at the Singapore Open and Myanmar Open, respectively, and will be out for another low score.

Overnight leaders Phachara Khongwatmai (70) and Nino Bertasio (70) are 13 under, along with Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand (67), Japanese players Hideto Tanihara (68) and Ryo Ishikawa (63) and Scotland’s Marc Warren (69).

Westwood is 1 shot away from that pack in a group which includes New Zealander Ryan Fox, who shot an albatross on the first hole.

Ladies European Tour

Australian Minjee Lee shot a 2-over 75 and held on to a 1-stroke lead at the Vic Open, the first tournament of the year on the Ladies European Tour in Barwon Heads, Australia.

Lee had a three-round total of 7-under 212, 1 stroke better than fellow Australian Karis Davidson, who shot 67.

Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, rebounded from a second-round 80 to shoot 69 and was 5 strokes behind Lee and tied for fifth.

At a PGA of Australia Tour men’s event held alongside the women’s tournament, Australian Simon Hawkes held a 1-stroke lead after a 64.