Two Australians are in the top pack at the Northern Trust Open going into the fourth and final round.
Adam Scott is part of a four-way tie for first at minus 12 and Marc Leishman is lurking at minus 11 in the early stages of round four.
Scoring conditions at Riviera Country Club outside Los Angeles have been ideal with balmy temperatures and almost no wind. Today’s weather forecast seems to offer more of the same.
It will most likely take a score no worse than 65 to win, since those tied with Scott, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, are top ranked players who are big hitters who thrive on the Riviera layout that places a premium of distance and accuracy. Scott and Leishman are no slouches when it comes to hitting towering drives that set up short-iron approaches and many birdie opportunities.
Fifteen players are within a few shots of the lead, so if someone from one of the earlier groups gets hot and starts posting birdies, the later groups will have their work cut out for them.
Aaron Baddeley and Stuart Appleby are also in the field, at minus five and minus two respectively, but the chances of even Baddeley catching the star-studded field are practically non-existent.