"I was pretty satisfied", Simpson told Todd Lewis of Golf Channel.
Various players made spirited attempts to close the gap on Simpson, most notably Woods who for two days largely hadn't hit the ball close enough and when he did repeatedly failed to convert crucial putts. Simpson needs to shoot 67 on Sunday to tie Norman's winning score of 24-under 264. It wasn't anything like the morning guys' golf in the afternoon. "I managed to stay very patient out there".
Woods and Spieth will play alongside each other over the final round, with Woods delighted after his lowest score by three shots this year.
Lee hit nine pars on the front, showing his consistency, and had his first birdie of the day on the par-five 11th when he escaped a green side bunker before tapping in for four.
The American started out with an 8-foot birdie putt on the opening hole.
He also has made two eagles, the second of them when he holed a 99-foot bunker shot at the par-5 11th hole on Saturday that increased his lead at the time to eight. He honed in his iron shots, fine-tuned his putter and was so hot through 12 holes that it looked like he might challenge the course record.
But the 33-year-old has been coming into form with a third place alongside Louis Oosthuizen in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans followed by a top-10 finish at Quail Hollow on Sunday. - Webb Simpson is leading the Players Championship by seven heading to the final round.
He was in the feature pairing with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, and Woods was the only one to make the cut.
In the words of Dustin Johnson, admirably at 10 under but nine strokes back: "Webb is obviously playing very, very well and doing everything very good". He'll enter Sunday with an even bigger lead. Seven players have lost six-shot leads. Alex Cejka holds the record for largest 54-hole lead in PLAYERS history, but he didn't walk away with the Waterford crystal trophy after shooting a final-round 79.
But at the par-three 17th, where he took a double-bogey after finding the water on Friday, Simpson brought a huge crowd to their feet in sinking a three-footer for birdie that moved him back to 19-under. A day after making just one putt longer than 6 feet, he missed only one inside 13 feet in the third round.
"When I was chasing Henrik [Stenson, 2009] down, Henrik played incredible golf in tough conditions". "He's the only one that's going really low". Simpson started his round with a birdie at the first, and added birdies at the 4th and the 9th to make the turn at 2-under par for his day.
Woods and Spieth had the best scores Saturday, with sustained roars rolling over the grounds.
He hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
"Eventually I was going to put all the pieces together and today, for the most part, I did that", he said.
It was his lowest round on the PGA Tour since a 65 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship at the end of the 2015 regular season. He played only one PGA Tour event since then until returning this year. I hit a lot of good shots and it was nice to see a few putts go in. He birdied half of his holes - six of them on the back nine, including the last three holes - for 65.
But this is Simpson's show until further notice.
But he made his first mistake at 14 when he caught an terrible lie from a wild tee shot and an underwhelming chip resulted in a two-putt bogey.