Finau leads in Phoenix with sizzling 62

Tony Finau has a one shot lead going into the final round of the Phoenix Open

Tony Finau believes it's time to start living up to high expectations as he takes a one-shot lead into into the final round of the US PGA Tour's Phoenix Open.

The 30-year-old American is ranked No.13 in the world and has played Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, but he has only one US tour victory - at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.

He gave himself a great opportunity to secure a long-awaited second victory when he shot a blistering nine-under-par 62 at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday to grab a one-shot lead from Webb Simpson (64).

"If I want to accomplish the things I feel like I can accomplish, I have to put those types of expectations on myself," said Finau, who asked about his title drought.

"I look forward to tomorrow. My game's in a good place, and I always tell myself whatever happens, you're going to learn from it and get better and stronger."

Finau has missed the cut in his previous four appearances at the Phoenix Open, which attracts huge and notoriously boisterous galleries.

"I like the golf course. I like the vibe. I like the energy. I just haven't performed," he said.

Simpson is seeking his first win since the 2018 Players Championships.

His 64 on Saturday included a hole in one at the 196-yard 12th hole.,

Second round leader J.B. Holmes (70) and fellow American Hudson Swafford (66) were tied for third at 14-under 199 with Xander Schauffele (66), Adam Long (66) and Scott Piercy (68) a stroke back.

Local resident Aaron Baddeley was the leading Australian but well back in a tie for 51st at three under after a 72.