Jason Day insists he is close to winning on the PGA Tour again after another solid performance at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Day earned a top-five finish at the PGA Tour event on California's famed Monterey Peninsula but admits an uncharacteristically cold putter let him down.
With a two-hour rain delay in Sunday's final round, Day was one of the last groups to finish before sunset and carded a four-under-par 68.
At 13-under, he cannot finish worse than a tie for fourth place.
Phil Mickelson sits at 18 under and leads by three shots from final group playing partner Paul Casey and Scott Stallings (66).
Mickelson and Casey were unable to tee off on the par-3 17th due to darkness and will return on Monday morning.
Day now has six top-six results in 10 starts at the celebrity-laden Pebble Beach event but was frustrated that victory still eludes him.
Typically one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, Day ranked 39th on the greens this week.
"It was disappointing not to play well in the third round but overall it was a good solid week," Day told AAP.
"The ball striking was very good but I didn't putt well at all this week."
RIGHT: Mickelson leads by three shots with two holes to play on Monday. PHOTO: Harry How/Getty Images
However, the former World No.1 is inspired by consecutive top-five results in his last two PGA tour starts, after a share of fifth at Torrey Pines last month.
Day's next events are the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in early March and the elite Players Championship immediately after – both events he won in 2016.
The 31-year-old says he will now spend considerable time practising his putting with long-time coach Colin Swatton.
"I'm looking forward to getting back at it at Bay Hill," Day said.
"My game is definitely there; I just need to put four rounds together and if I can, I will definitely win.
"I'm going to spend the next few weeks working on driving, irons and short game but my putting needs to improve.
"For me to win I need to putt well."
Curtis Luck was next best of the Australians at Pebble Beach, finishing in a share of 28th at six under courtesy of a final-round 71.
Matt Jones was a further three shots back with his even-par 72 leaving him tied 53rd, while fellow Sydney native Cameron Davis dropped six shots during a 78 that plummeted him to a three over.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press