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“When nerves are an issue and under the gun, I’ve got to be better,” Haas said. “And right now, I’m far from competitive.”

Haas wasn’t alone in his heartache.

Kyle Stanley was at No. 30. He had a triple bogey on the par-3 sixth, a bogey on the par-5 11th and closed with a 74 to miss out on East Lake by one shot.

Mickelson set the tone for this wild day when he pushed his opening drive so badly that he started to hit a provisional ball when he realized it clattered off the trees and back into the fairway, just 200 yards off the tee, though he safely managed a par. Then, he holed out from just over 40 feet off the green at No. 2 to take the lead, and kept a slim margin with a nifty up-and-down at the par-5 fifth.

But when he missed the green from the fairway on No. 7 and made bogey, the final round was wide open.

Ahead of him, Johnson chipped in for eagle on the par-5 ninth to create a four-way tie for the lead with Mickelson, McIlroy and Westwood.

Westwood made birdie from the bunker on the ninth, while McIlroy hit a sky-high 4-iron that landed softly and set up a two-putt birdie that put them ahead at 18 under. Mickelson, playing in the final group, ran a chip out of muddied grass to 12 feet and made birdie to join them.

McIlroy stuffed his approach into 5 feet for birdie on the 10th, and he never trailed again.