The BMW Championship turned into golf's version of an All-Star game Saturday with Phil Mickelson making 10 birdies to share the lead with Vijay Singh, and a host of other proven players lined up behind them Saturday at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.
Mickelson shrugged when asked about all the stars on the leaderboard, only because he figured his name wasn't at the top and there was still work to be done. That was before Singh had his only three-putt of the tournament from about 45 feet on the last hole that made him settle for a 69.
Rory McIlroy, going for his second straight FedEx Cup playoff win and his PGA Tour-leading fourth of the year, birdied the 18th to salvage an ordinary day with a 69. He was one shot behind with Lee Westwood, a former world No. 1 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 two shots behind that included Adam Scott and Robert Garrigus, who is trying to play his way into the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake in two weeks.
Not to be forgotten is Tiger Woods, who turned his sloppy play around by chipping in from 25 feet on the ninth hole that began a run of four birdies in a five-hole stretch. He had to settle for a 71, ending his streak of six straight rounds in the 60s.
Woods was only three shots behind.
Paula Creamer moved into position to end a two-year victory drought, shooting a six-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Va.
The nine-time LPGA Tour winner 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.
Dewi Claire Schreefel and Danielle Kang were 12 under. Schreefel had a 69, and Kang shot 70.
Saints activate Will Smith
The New Orleans Saints placed starting defensive end Will Smith on the 53-man active roster for Sunday's season-opener against the Washington Redskins.
New Orleans also terminated the contract of receiver Adrian Arrington, who has struggled with a right knee injury.
Smith was one of four players reinstated by the NFL Friday after their suspensions in New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounty scandal were vacated by a three-member appeals panel. Another reinstated player, linebacker Jonathan Vilma was placed on "Exempt - Commissioner Permission" list.
St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, one of key pieces in Coach Jeff Fisher's rebuilding plan, has signed a five-year contract extension.