They were at 16-under 200 going into a final round loaded with possibilities.
Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th to salvage an ordinary day with a 69. He was 1 shot behind with Lee Westwood, who made all five of his birdies on the back nine for a 68.
Dustin Johnson, who has finished no worse than fourth in the other two playoff events, had a 67 and was in the group 2 shots behind.
Not to be forgotten is Tiger Woods, who turned his sloppy play around by chipping in from 25 feet on the ninth.
"I'm within reach," said Woods, who is 3 shots back. "I have to probably shoot 63 or 64 tomorrow to have a chance."
But at least he has one, along with a dozen others.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Paula Creamer moved into position to end a two-year victory drought, shooting a 6-under 65 on Saturday to take a 2-stroke lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. The nine-time LPGA Tour winner chipped in for birdie on the par-4 13th in her bogey-free round on Kingsmill's River Course. She had a 16-under 197 total, the lowest 54-hole score in the history of the event. Second-round leader Jiyai Shin was second after a 69.