After all, the Argentinian was just one shot off the lead.
Fitzpatrick, though, struggled for consistency, as he dropped shots on the first, third and eighth holes, with two birdies seeing him through the back nine at 37, one over for the day at seven under.
Click on the video above to see the incident for yourself! .
Hoffman closed with three straight birdies on Saturday, capped by a 70-foot putt that allowed him to pull even with Kisner at 11-under. It was good to throw in one of the few bogey-free rounds on day one, and I kept it going well in tough conditions this time.
Emiliano Grillo, one shot behind going into Saturday, shot a 78 and fell eight shots back.
After his first-hole stumble when he was short of the green on his approach, Hoffman sank a 37-foot birdie putt at the fifth and birdied the par-5 sixth and par-4 ninth.
The contenders will be exclusively focused on winning tomorrow, but there's no doubt that even without Palmer here to watch the drama unfold, his tournament still has a special aura that will never leave.
Victory in November's DP World Tour Championship came two years to the day since he gained his card via the qualifying school and saw Fitzpatrick eclipse Nick Faldo's record as the youngest Englishman to win three times on the European Tour.
Seton Hall-Arkansas ends in controversy after flagrant foul call
While Barford stumbled after Rodriguez's foot inadvertently tripped him, it was far from an egregious action. He doesn't, in general, have a turnover problem, and he could've made the pass he made without walking.
Every other player on the first page of the leaderboard also has the ability to add pressure to the leaders.
"My timing's just been a little bit off this week, " McIlroy said.
Michelle Wie shot a 65 to tie with Vicky Hurst, Julie Inkster, Jane Park and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong for second place.
Kisner is capable of going as low as anyone, something he proved by shooting 60 during Round 3 at the Sony Open in January.
Playing in record 95-degree heat at Desert Ridge, Nordqvist broke the tournament 54-hole record of 19 under set by Ai Miyazato in 2013. The LPGA Tour returns to domestic soil to play Bank of Hope Founders Cup, a tournament that celebrates the 13 women who founded the tour in 1950.
That was illustrated when he drained thirty footer for an eagle at the long 16th by dumping his tee shot nito the water at the par three 17th to run up his second double bogey so far.
Stricker is trying to become the 19th player to win in their first start on the 50-and-over and first since Miguel Angel Jimenez in the 2014 Greater Gwinnett Championship.