Former champion Phil Mickelson joined Tiger Woods and Nick Watney at the top of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions leaderboard on Saturday morning as the American trio moved into a two stroke lead in the early stages of the third round.
Overnight leaders Woods, a runner up on his previous two trips to Shanghai, and Watney picked up two gains over their opening five holes, while 2007 champion Mickelson posted three early brides as the American domination at Sheshan International Golf Club continued as the trio moved onto 12-under-par.
Ryan Moore, playing in the final group alongside compatriots Woods and Watney, chipped in for an eagle at his second hole of the day, but dropped back to ten under with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros following a bogey at the fifth.
Like every member of the leading two groups, Quiros also picked up a shot at the par five second as his birdie left the Commercialbank Qatar Masters Presented by Dolphin Energy champion still leading the European challenge on the American dominated leaderboard.
Anthony Kim continued to maintain the form which led him to the Volvo World Match Play Championship final and progressed to nine under with his birdie at the second.
The Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood stormed into contention at eight under par with a blitz of birdies as the Ryder Cup ace reached the turn in five under.