Bubba Watson now leads by two shots at the Hero World Challenge after a stunning 63 in Saturday's third round.
Tee times were moved up to avoid afternoon storms, and the players were greeted by ideal conditions at Albany.
Overnight leader and world number one Jordan Spieth had to take a backseat as Watson, and England's Paul Casey, led the charge.
Casey matched Watson shot for shot, equalling the American's 63 to move into second place, two shots behind on 17 under par.
Spieth shot a solid four-under-par 68, but that was only good enough for tied-fourth place with Bill Haas, four shots back.
Patrick and Reed and Chris Kirk are tied for third, three shots off Watson's leading pace, after a pair of 66s.
It didn't take long for Watson to signal his intent, as he started birdie-birdie-par-eagle to rocket up the leaderboard.
Watson holed out from 169 yeards at the fourth, and then added five more birdies in a flawless round.
Casey looked set for a record round after playing his first 13 holes in nine under par courtesy of nine birdies, but he parred his way home from the 14th and had to settle for a share of the new course record alongside Watson.
Casey and Watson traded blows throughout the round, although Watson managed some late gains to move into the lead on his own.
Further down the field, Brooks Koepka finds himself in seventh after a 65, while Rickie Fowler (65), Adam Scott (66) and Zach Johnson (67) follow a further shot back.
Scotland’s Connor Syme and Englishman Matthew Jordan were also part of the successful quintet.
The English Open has been revived as part of the new schedule.
Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle, will host the British Masters on July 22.
The event was last staged in 2002.
The tournament at Close House, scheduled to start on July 30, is set to be the first European Tour event since the coronavirus crisis halted action.
The world number one believes it would be the ‘right call’ to push the event back to 2021.
The exhibition match, against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, raised 20 million dollars.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.