Graeme McDowell two off the pace going into the final round of the Genesis Open as Rory McIlroy falls away
American Bubba Watson takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Genesis Open after carding a six-under round of 65 on Saturday.
Watson, a two-time winner of the tournament, began the day in sixth but started as he meant to go on with a second shot on the par-5 first landing within inches of the pin.
He holed the putt for eagle and went on to card five birdies - the sole blot on the book a bogey at the par-four 15th.
Patrick Cantlay, who held the joint lead at the half-way point in the tournament, leads the chasing pack.
His round of 69 puts him a shot behind Watson on nine-under, while four players sit a shot further behind.
Graeme McDowell - who was sitting top of the tree after Friday - shot a one-under round and fell to eight-under for the tournament, alongside Tony Finau, Kevin Nau and Cameron Smith.
Dustin Johnson played himself into contention with a round of 64, jumping 45 places up the leaderboard and into tied for eighth.
Starting on the back nine, Johnson began steady carding a birdie, but went on to pick up shots on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th, and an eagle on the 1st.
Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, fell to par for the tournament after a round of 73, which included a double bogey in the par-4 12th.