Marc Leishman has joined major winners Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas as tournament heavyweights at this week's Sony Open in Hawaii after a classy performance on Maui.
The 34-year-old led last week's Tournament of Champions through 36 holes and, despite shooting himself out of the PGA Tour event at Kapalua with a horror third round, salvaged a tie for seventh with a solid finish.
With a win, a second and two top-10s in his past six worldwide starts, PGA Tour pundits have installed Leishman as one of the favourites at this week's Honolulu tournament, alongside World No.2 Spieth and defending champion Thomas.
Enjoying a career-high world ranking of No.12, Leishman is Australia's top-ranked golfer and a hot finish at Waialae Country Club could help Leishman break into the world's top 10 for the first time in his career.
"It's definitely in sight, so hopefully I can have a good finish at the Sony Open, fly into the top 10 and stay there for years to come. It's a big goal for me in 2018," Leishman told AAP.
Leishman has contended regularly at Waialae, with five top-five finishes and two top 10s from eight starts, including a fifth place in 2014.
But the Victorian feels ready to go one better and bag his fourth career PGA Tour victory.
"That's why we're going there (to win) ... the weather forecast looks good and it's always a good week. I really enjoy the course and I read the greens really well," Leishman said.
Fellow Australian Cameron Smith joins Leishman in the Sony Open field after also displaying good form at the Tournament of Champions.
In his first visit to the winner's-only event at Kapalua's Plantation course, Smith bounced back from a sloppy start of five-over-par through his opening eight holes to eventually finish at eight under and in a tie for 17th.
The World No.56 Smith has set his sights on cracking the top-50 and securing a second invitation to the Masters at Augusta.
Having won the Australian PGA Championship in a sudden-death play-off in December, the 24-year-old Smith says he's approaching career-best form.
"I've got a few months left to get to the Masters and have only helped my case last week," said Smith.
"I like Waialae Country Club; it's not a bomber's course and you really have to think your way around.
"I like playing in tough conditions and it can get really windy at the Sony."
Other Australians in the field are Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Greg Chalmers and Steve Allan, who snared entry at the Monday qualifying event.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press