With nearly a day of play lost on Thursday, the event has been behind the eight-ball ever since and as it enters tomorrow’s (hopefully) final day Justin Thomas leads by one over Australia’s Adam Scott although the pair are through just two holes of their third rounds and will be required, along with the rest of the field, to return at 6.45 on Sunday morning to complete rounds three and four.
Thomas is playing the event for the 5th occasion having a best of 9th last year and having been twice 3rd in his last three starts this season he appears well placed to win his 10th PGA Tour title tomorrow at the age of just 25.
Scott, however, continues what has been a good record at Riviera having won in 2005 in what was a rain-reduced event and been runner-up on two other occasions. With a runner-up finish at Torrey Pines recently he brings form and an eye for the golf course to tomorrow’s final round.
Patrick Rodgers and J.B. Holmes are just one shot back and two from the lead.
The next best of the Australians after Scott is Marc Leishman who continues to make steady progress to be in a share of 14th at 6 under and at this point seven shots from the lead through seven holes of his third round.
Aaron Baddeley, another former winner of the event, is at 2 under and in 37th place.
Tiger Woods is through seven holes of round three and is tied with Leishman and others at 6 under and a strong finish to his third round and a hot final round might yet have him contending for the title.
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