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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Alex Cappa Jersey . - Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump.It certainly wasnt the most exciting moment on golfs most raucous hole. That belonged to Francesco Molinari, who made the first hole-in-one at the 16th on Saturday at the Phoenix Open since Tiger Woods in 1997.But it was plenty important to Laird.On the verge of dropping another shot and watching his lead dwindle, Laird followed that 10-foot par putt with a birdie on the 17th and another par save on the 18th to finish off a 3-under 68 and take a three-shot lead into the final round.Next up is another round with a new pair from the next generation.Laird, a 32-year-old Scot who has lived in Scottsdale since turning pro, played in the final group Saturday with two 21-year-old rookies, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger. Chasing him Sunday will by Hideki Matsuyama, the 22-year-old from Japan who is No. 18 in the world, and 24-year-old power hitter Brooks Koepka.This might just be the way it is, Laird said of the increasingly evident youth movement. When they come out, theyre ready to go. They dont need three or four years to get used to the tour life or used to the golf courses. I dont think they get intimidated at all anymore.Laird was at 13-under 200 as he goes for his fourth PGA Tour victory.Matsuyama, already with seven wins worldwide, birdied his last four holes to surge into contention with a 63. Koepka finally managed to find the fairways, made birdie on both par 5s on the back nine and shot 64. They were at 203 with Zach Johnson, who shot a 67.Laird at least has a cushion, which might not have been the case without those key par putts, especially on the 16th.He pulled his tee shot into the water on the par-5 15th and made bogey, which can feel like losing two shots. And then he stepped into the arena at the 16th, hit wedge at the flag from 133 yards and pulled it enough to go in a bunker. He blasted out to about 10 feet, though the putt had plenty of break.That was a big one, he said. You dont want to make two bogeys in a row at two holes youre looking at maybe making birdies on.He followed with a perfect pitch to 3 feet for birdie on the 17th, and finished his round with a 10-foot par save.Molinaris ace wasnt for show. It carried him to a 64, and at 8-under 205, he was among 15 players still within five shots of the lead.Perhaps the biggest surprise of that group was Jon Rahm of Spain, a junior at Arizona State playing this week on a sponsors exemption. He got the gallery on his side early, especially by wearing a Sun Devils jersey when he teed off on the 16th, and shot 66. Rahm was at 9-under 204, along with Ryan Palmer (68) and Thomas, who had four birdies over his last six holes to salvage a 69.Im not surprised, but I didnt expect it. Something between there, Rahm said.Laird played in the final group with Thomas and Berger, two players who were still in high school three years ago. Thats the way golf is shifting, players getting younger and more fearless. And thats what Laird faces again on Sunday.Matsuyama, who won the Memorial last year, was the first rookie to win the Japan Golf Tour money list. He played bogey-free, and it was his birdie streak at the end of the round that put him into contention. The best one of all was his 50-degree wedge into the 16th and a salute from the crowd.Koepka is the Floridian who went to the far corners of the world to chase his card, starting at the Challenge Tour on Europe and then winning the Turkish Open last year. He was 3 over on the par 5s this week, his first tournament in nearly two months, and made up some ground Saturday. Koepka hit the fairway on two par 5s on the back nine, setting up simple up-and-down birdies, and he made birdie on the 17th.Its just a little bit of rust, just not playing in two months, Koepka said. Felt like today I was finally comfortable. Being out there the last two days, it was almost like I was trying to find the driver a little bit.Even with an overcast sky and cool temperatures, TPC Scottsdale still had a big buzz. The hope was for a record attendance — as it had been all week — until Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut. The attendance was 159,906, some 40,000 short of the record last year.But it was loud enough, especially the final hour.It shouldnt be a struggle to get your adrenaline going, Laird said. Ronald Jones II Buccaneers Jersey . With nothing tangible at stake, the Raptors turned in their most impressive outing of the fall in their seventh and second to last exhibition tilt against their stiffest competition yet, but they lost a couple starters in the process. Vita Vea Buccaneers Jersey . And I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences gained through International competition and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Seven NHL referees and six linesmen will be assigned upcoming games in Sochi by the IIHF as part of their 28-man officiating roster comprised of 14 refs and 14 linesmen.DALLAS -- The new year has meant a new start for Jimmy Howard. Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Zetterberg, Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored in the first period goals for Detroit. Tomas Tatar added one in the second, and Zetterberg finished the scoring in the third. "When the clock struck midnight the other night to end 2013, I put everything behind me," Howard said. "I just said, Heres a new clean slate and lets start fresh, and Ive been trying to do that." In the first three months of the season, Howard had a 6-9-7 record. Hes now 1-0-1 in 2014, with only three goals allowed in 125 minutes. "Its been a while since Ive had a game like this for the guys," Howard said. "They deserve a lot of them out of me so this is going to be the first of many for me down the stretch." Dallas outshot the Red Wings 45-27, but also gave the puck away 17 times -- compared to four by the Red Wings. Dallas also went 0 for 7 on the power play. "It wasnt pretty by any means but we found a way," Howard said. "We capitalized on our chances here tonight and our captain (Zetterberg) was good tonight, too." The Stars had a 20-13 advantage on shots in the first period, but trailed 3-1. They had the games first 12 shots, but Zetterberg scored the first goal on the Red Wings first shot at 7:04. After Gustav Nyquist whiffed on a shot, Dallas goalie Dan Ellis tried to clear the puck. It went out to Zetterberg, who didnt miss his shot. "When Zetterberg got on the board, I thought we got it going," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Zetterberg has 14 goals this season, including three goals and three assists in four games since returning from a back injury. Dallas tied it on Rich Peverleys short-handed goal with 7:13 left in the period. He shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past both Shawn Horcoffs screen and Howard. "Howard made some real good saves," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "There was a couple that I thought we could have had better traffic in front of him. We missed the net on some. "We would play well, be down in their end and then give up the puck and theyd go down and score." Detroits Justin Abdelkader missed a penalty shot with 5:58 left, skating to the left of the net and trying tto tuck the puck behind Ellis, but the goalie smothered it with his pads. John Lynch Jersey. . Andersson put the Red Wings back ahead for good lead with a shot from the right circle over Ellis right shoulder with 1:55 to go in the first. Just 14 seconds later, Miller scored from a scramble in front. Dallas appeared to have a goal midway through the second period. Howard stopped Peverleys backhand shot but the puck came loose across the goal line after Peverley took another swipe at it. The play was ruled no goal. "It was a turning point, but at the same time, weve still got to fight through things," Peverley said. "We could have done a better job regrouping." The Red Wings took a 4-1 lead with 8:03 left in the second as Tatar split defenders at the blue line for a breakaway and his backhand went off Kari Lehtonen, who had replaced Ellis to begin the period, and into the net for an unassisted goal. "They had a lot of odd-man rushes," Horcoff said. "It wasnt the type of game we want to play. We want to be quick in transition, but we cant be giving away pucks like that. We cant be giving up quality shots. "A lot of our shots tonight were from the outside. We didnt get a lot of good second shots." The Stars had nothing to show for a period during which they had a 15-5 advantage in shots and three power plays. Zetterberg took a pass from Dan Cleary and one-timed the puck past Lehtonen from the left circle with 7:21 remaining. Dallas lost its second consecutive game, both at home, by a combined score of 11-5. NOTES: The Red Wings entered the game with the NHLs third-best road record, and improved to 13-4-3. ... Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk and D Danny DeKeyser did not dress. DeKeyser has a groin injury, but Datsyuks absence wasnt explained. He didnt practice Friday, but skated with the team Saturday morning. Babcock said he had "no idea" how Datsyuk is. ... D Alexey Marchenko, the Red Wings seventh-round draft pick in 2011, made his NHL debut. He played more than 13 minutes, drew a penalty and was plus-2. ... Dallas recalled Chris Mueller from Texas of the AHL on Saturday as insurance because four forwards -- Horcoff, Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Ray Whitney -- had been sick. The four all played, so Mueller was inactive. ... Stars D Aaron Rome left the game in the second period because of an upper-body injury. Ruff said Rome probably would miss the next week. 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