FORT WORTH -- Chris Stroud's 15-foot birdie putt was a fitting end to Day 3 at the Colonial Country Club. It put Stroud, who was even-par heading into the final hole, at seven-under par and into a four-way tie atop a crowded leaderboard.
It's a leaderboard that looks a lot different than it did early Saturday morning. David Toms and Hideki Matsuyama surged from the middle of the pack to the top of the leaderboard with five- and six-under days, respectively.
Kevin Chappell, who was right at the cutline Friday and teed off at 7:44 a.m., posted the best score of the day with a seven-under par, moving him one stroke off the lead.
'I've been comfortable in that position barely making the cut, so I've had some experience,' Chappell said. 'I just try to go out and get some momentum going your way and try to get some birdies in the hole.'
After six birdies and an eagle Saturday, it was mission accomplished for Chappell.
'You couldn't ask for more,' he said.
Matsuyama, of Ehime, Japan, is the only non-American in the four-way tie at the top. With the pins in the corners of the greens, Matsuyama said the hole location helped him birdie six holes.
'I was able to see the lines better to the greens,' he said.
'Moving day' at Colonial wasn't as kind to Dallas native Jordan Spieth, who shot even-par on the day and fell to a tie for 18th. Spieth bogeyed four holes for the second straight round.
'You just can't do that. That's just too many mistakes,' Spieth said. 'I'm trying to push it too far off the tees to give myself wedges. I've got to change my game plan for tomorrow.'
Two-round leader Brice Garnett came into play Saturday at seven-under par and teed off with Stroud in the final pairing. Garnett, donning some powder blue slacks and a bright orange shirt, put the wrong colors in the scorecard with two bogeys and a double-bogey on the fifth hole.
Garnett fell from atop the field to a tie for 25th with a four-over par 74.
In all, four of the six leaders shot over par on Saturday, shaking up the ranks heading into the tournament's final day of play. The weather, which caused a one-hour, eight-minute suspension of play between 4:07 and 5:15 p.m., could have played a factor in the high scores for the leaders in the afternoon.
'It was tough, the wind felt like it was swirling a little bit and maybe I misread a few iron shots,' said Jimmy Walker, who teed off at 12:35 p.m.
Adam Scott, who teed off at 9:41 a.m., said he experienced the least amount of wind of any of the three days of the tournament thus far.
It was a day full of early birdies in a tournament that is uncharacteristically high-scoring. The last time a seven-under 203 led after 54 holes was in 1999, in a three-way tie between Billy Mayfair, Scott Verplank and Greg Kraft.
'It's going to take a special round tomorrow [to win], but not that special. It's out there,' Spieth said.
South African Tim Clark, whose one-under 69 put him one stroke off the lead, said that a low score will be required to win the tourney tomorrow. It won't be luck, someone will have to go out and win it, he said upon a prompt to elaborate about Sunday's outlook.
But his philosophy may not need to change from his first response on what it might take to win it all.
'Beat the next guy,' Clark said with a grin. 'The guy who comes in second, beat him by one and I think that'll do the trick.'