Matsuyama has recorded four wins and two runner-up spots in his last eight starts worldwide and once again put himself into contention as he racked up six birdies, including four in his first nine holes. An's career best on TOUR is P2 at the 54-hole 2016 Zurich Classic, where he also shot 65/R3, and will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Laird and John Peterson.
"I always make one of those, I guess, in a round", An said of his birdie bomb at 18.
The 34-year-old had back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 to move to 14 under but squandered opportunities to pick up shots at the next three holes.
Laird is comfortable on the TPC Scottsdale layout boasting two top five finishes in nine appearances and will fancy his chances tomorrow.
Rickie Fowler, who lost in a thrilling play-off past year, is two strokes further back.
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"I love playing here". "I hit a lot of greens, a lot of good shots". "I don't get this even nearly when I go back home to Spain". "If I get caught up in the moment of just keep celebrating and trying to say hello to everybody that I've met over the years here in Phoenix, I feel like I will lose track of what I have to do this week. I had a fantastic day driving the ball and hopefully three more (days) to come".
Justin Thomas, already a three-time victor this year, and Jordan Spieth join the likes of Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Daniel Berger in a solid field.
An was the best of the early starters and birdied three of the first six holes in ideal conditions at TPC Scottsdale, although his momentum took a hit when he three-putted the seventh green from 50 feet.
With this week's 28th start in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mickelson will be one start shy of the record shared by Gene Littler, Jim Ferrier and Jerry Barber.