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Defending champion Adam Scott of Australia and last year's runner-up Sergio Garcia of Spain were another two strokes adrift after opening with 68s.

"It was nice to scramble as well as I did when I needed to and save some good pars", said Fowler, who shot a pair of 66s the first two days and was at 13-under 197 for the tournament.

The Jupiter resident, who was one shot out of the lead after two rounds, said he liked where his game was heading and he wanted to do a better job of finishing off tournaments when he's in contention.

"You don't have to do much wrong to get in a tough spot out there", he said.

"I'm not putting that kind of pressure on myself", he said.

In addition, on No. 3, he improved from a bogey on Friday, when he hit a ball into a tree and it did not come down, to an eagle on Saturday. It went into the water for a double.

"But then he dusted me that day. To be out front and be in control and with the way I feel about the game, the way I've been swinging, I'm looking forward to it".

The same could be said of Bryan, who is playing out his rookie year.

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Another obstacle for Scott has been the onslaught of a head cold that the Queenslander admits limited his preparation.

Scott was a one shot victor over Sergio Garcia a year ago in a thrilling final round duel at the PGA National course in Palm Beach County. His longest par putt was from 5 feet, and he had only two others in the 4-foot range.

"It's very hard to run away with on the weekend here".

Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth have all won events since Scott last posted a victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship almost a year ago. He missed the cut twice. Fowler is at 13-under through 54 holes and could surpass Camilo Villegas' 13-under winning score in 2010.

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Clearly Pan was rattled, but he kept his focus to birdie the hole with a 28-foot putt. There's still some better golf out there for the weekend. He's made a climb in the World Rankings.

Then, he seriously added, "Ultimately, I would like to be getting the trophy Sunday on the 18th green, but there is a lot of golf to be played".

Among those missing the cut was Shawn Stefani, but not without doing all he could. "I didn't want to strip down to my underwear, but I would have gotten my clothes all dirty". He made a decision to putt it up the back slope and all would be good.

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