With conditions at Riviera resembling a U.S. Open, it comes as no surprise that a two-time winner of that event remains in front. Here's how things look heading into the final round of the Northern Trust Open, where Retief Goosen leads by two shots:
Leaderboard: Retief Goosen (-8), Graham DeLaet (-6), Sergio Garcia (-5), Sang-Moon Bae (-5), Carlos Ortiz (-5), J.B. Holmes (-5), Dustin Johnson (-4), Bubba Watson (-4), Jordan Spieth (-4)
What it means: Goosen began the day with a one-shot lead and stretched his advantage to three before stumbling somewhat down the back nine. He steadied the ship in time to remain atop the standings, and now carries a two-shot lead into the final round as he looks to win for the first time since 2009.
Round of the day: Bae won the season-opening event in Northern California, and he’s in contention for another trophy in the Golden State after a third-round 66. Bae had five birdies in his first 10 holes and made it around Riviera without a bogey as he seeks a third straight top-12 finish at this event.
Best of the rest: Johnson notched a top-five finish at Pebble Beach last week in just his second start after a six-month layoff, and he is again on the leaderboard after a 4-under 67. DJ began the day six shots off the lead, but after a round that included six birdies he will start the final round just three shots back.
Biggest disappointment: Justin Thomas will have more chances, but Saturday was not his day. The 21-year-old went out in 40, with a lowlight coming at the par-3 sixth hole where he made triple bogey. He started the third round just one shot off the lead, but after a 4-over 75 he is now seven shots back.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Goosen's last win came at the 2009 Valspar Championship, and at age 46 a victory would be an unexpected bonus. DeLaet remains in the hunt for his first PGA Tour win, but the star-studded group at 4 under - including Johnson, Watson, Spieth and Jim Furyk - could supply a challenger should Goosen begin to falter.
Shot of the day: After four back-nine birdies, Goosen missed the green at the par-3 16th but from the greenside rough just above a bunker he chipped in. The birdie allowed him to remain one shot clear of DeLaet, and he added another birdie on the following hole.
Quote of the day: “My round was Seve-like. It was a Seve-like 68.” – Garcia