LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP)– Max Homa has been destroying the Stadium Course at The American Express for 2 days. If he can do it one more time Sunday, the Southern California local might be raising his second career PGA Trip trophy.

Homa made 9 birdies and shook off a double bogey en route to a 7-under 65 in the 3rd round Saturday, signing up with Tony Finau and Si Woo Kim atop the leaderboard at 15-under 201.

Richy Werenski likewise shot a 65 and moved within a shot of the lead on the Stadium Course at PGA West near Palm Springs.

Scotland’s Russell Knox shot the day’s low round with a 64– one stroke off the course record– to join Brian Harman and Emiliano Grillo at 13 under.

Finau and Kim both shot 67. Kim was bogey-free, while the streakier Finau recovered from a double bogey on the 13th with 3 consecutive birdies.

The field played through sporadic desert rain in the afternoon. Precipitation finally fell in earnest when the final group reached the 18th hole, with Finau and Kim required to take out their umbrellas.

Second-round leader Sungjae Im had a hard time to a 73, leaving him 5 shots off the lead after four bogeys– consisting of a triple bogey on the ninth after putting two straight shots in the water. First-round leader Brandon Hagy shot a 72 and was even with Im at 10 under.

Homa remains in prime position for his second profession win in his very first tournament of the new year. He began the day simply 3 shots off Im’s pace at 8 under, and he promptly closed the gap with 4 birdies in his very first 5 holes.

Homa has 17 birdies in the last two rounds on the Stadium Course.

” There’s obviously a handful of really difficult holes, however I’ve been fortunate enough to play here a lot, so I have a respectable feel for the place,” Homa stated. “I have actually been able to put myself in a position to have excellent search for birdie, and I have actually been putting great. It’s simply something about these greens. It feels like house.”

The Burbank-born son of a widely known acting coach put his tee shot in the water and two-putted for that double bogey on the seventh, but Homa offseted it with birdies on five of his next eight holes, including 3 in a row down the back stretch

Finau put his tee shot in the water on the 13th and then missed out on a 10-inch putt for double bogey, but the Utah native rebounded with 3 of his 8 birdies on a series of impressive method shots.

Werenski charged into fourth with a round that included six birdies and was highlighted by an eagle on the fifth after an extraordinary 224-yard method shot left him a 4-foot putt.

The 29-year-old Massachusetts native is seeking his 2nd PGA Tour win. After going bogey-free through his very first 48 holes at The American Express, he finally missed out on a 10-foot par putt on the 13th prior to rallying with 2 more birdies down the stretch.

” I have actually been offering myself a lot of appearances and simply have not been transforming them, and today I lastly made some (putts),” Werenski said. “So I think we’re type of turning the corner. … I have actually constantly liked this location. I’ve never ever finished really, really high here, however I’ve always understood that I could play really excellent. It simply fits my eye.”

Australia’s Cameron Davis had the shot of the day on the 15th, holing out for eagle from 157 lawns far from a section of rough listed below the fairway. Davis finished the third round at 12-under 204 in addition to Rory Sabbatini, Chase Seiffert, Francesco Molinari and Doug Ghim.


More AP sports: and