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Watson’s shot from the trampled rough ran 5 feet past the hole. After Stadler missed his birdie try and tapped in for par, Watson’s par try slid by the left side.

“I thought I hit a good putt, but obviously I misread that, too,” Watson said.

Stadler birdied the par-4 ninth to take a one-stroke lead over Watson, but fell behind with a double bogey on the par-4 11th. Stadler took a penalty stroke for an unplayable lie after driving into a Buckhorn Cholla and missed a 4-foot bogey try.

“Cactus and short putt and all that was on one hole,” Stadler said. “Eleven has had my number for years. I butcher that hole every year.”

Stadler likely will move up enough in the world ranking to get one of the last spots in the 64-man Match Play Championship this month outside Tucson.

Stadler’s previous biggest win was in Australia in the European Tour’s 2006 Johnnie Walker Classic. In that event, he hit a 3-iron to a foot for an eagle on the final hole for a two-stroke victory. He also won the Argentine Open that winter and has four Nationwide Tour wins.

“It’s been a long time since I won anything,” Stadler said. “It’s pretty special.”

Watson is winless since the 2012 Masters.

“I was a challenging day,” Watson said. “Again, it’s the same thing, just waiting on every tee box and waiting on every shot.”

Hunter Mahan and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama tied for fourth at 14 under. Mahan, the 2010 winner, finished with a 68, and Matsuyama shot 69.

DeLaet bogeyed the 15th after hitting into the water, but rallied with birdies on the final two holes. He also tied for second last week at Torrey Pines.

“I have been playing well for the last few months,” DeLaet said. “I really feel like I worked super hard in the offseason. It’s nice to see it paying off.”

Phil Mickelson closed with a 71 to tie for 42nd at 3 under. Lefty was making his 25th appearance in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013.

“My game is not far off, even though the score says that it is,” Mickelson said. “It was just a fraction off.”

He showed no signs of the back pain that forced him to withdraw at Torrey Pines and will play next week at Pebble Beach.

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