Tiger Woods, meanwhile, put in another solid but unspectacular 68 as hedid on Friday to lie in a tie for 38th place.
Second-placed Els had looked at at one stage to be seizing the advantage,but could only play his back nine in level par.
Baird(i20driver) took full advantage, making seven birdies and an eagle in hisround. His only error came right at the death, as his three-shot lead gotreduced to two with a bogey at the last hole.
With another player who had to wait a long time for his win finally comingthrough last week when Kevin Na picked up his first PGA Tour win, it wassuggested to Baird that he might follow suit.
"I don't look at it like if he can do it, I can do it," hereplied.
"There's been guys that have played out here for a while thatsuddenly win a golf tournament. It's going to be - my world is not going tocome to an end if I play pingi20 driver well tomorrow and win thegolf tournament.