Jason Day says he will lean on the enthusiasm of caddie Steve Williams in Sunday's final round of the US Open when he attempts to go low and salvage a respectable result at Pebble Beach.
A lacklustre third round left former world No.1 Day well off the pace, carding a one-under-par 70 to sit at even-par after 54 holes.
He is well out of contention, 11 shots behind American Gary Woodland.
Big-hitting Woodland shot 69 to climb to 11 under and will take a one-shot lead into Sunday's final round over Justin Rose (68).
But Day, twice a runner-up at the US Open, knows he can rocket up the leaderboard with a hot final round and possibly backdoor a top-10 result.
But he will need the wind to wreak havoc on the leaders on Sunday afternoon.
"I need to post a five or a six under tomorrow. If conditions get tough and I shoot six under I could have a good chance at it," Day said after his round on Saturday.
Day is debuting accomplished caddie Williams this week, the New Zealander who carried the clubs for Tiger Woods during 13 of his 15 major championship wins and Adam Scott when he won the 2013 Masters.
The 31-year-old Day said Williams's unrelenting positivity was infectious and was the reason he was still somewhat in the mix despite not having his best game at Pebble Beach this week.
Day said Williams' can-do attitude and experience in the pressure cooker of majors will be essential in his Sunday charge.
"Steve thinks I'm putting good enough (to go low) and I feel like I'm putting good enough," Day said.
"If he is confident in me, then I feel like I can give myself a shot at it.
"If I commit to my shots and execute the shots I need to, then you never know what could happen at a US Open."