Adam Scott held up a pair of socks in the locker-room after firing his way into a share of the Genesis Open lead during a rain-soaked and incomplete second round at Riviera Country Club.
"See this? This is a veteran move," Scott said about bringing an extra pair of socks on Friday.
With Los Angeles lashed by torrential rain, Scott was unable to tee off at all on Thursday and instead had to play 29 holes on Friday.
The former World No.1 opened with a five-under-par 66 but only had 30 minutes before having to tee off on the 10th hole for his second loop.
In that half hour Scott, the 2005 winner at Riviera, quickly changed into a fresh pair of socks – one of the veteran moves he says helped maintain his momentum.
It worked as Scott birdied the 10th hole, then picked up another three to race up the leaderboard.
A three-putt bogey at the par-5 17th was amended by birdies at the par-5 1st and the difficult 2nd, before PGA Tour officials ended play due to darkness.
At 10-under-par, Scott shares the lead alongside Justin Thomas, who managed 12 holes, while American JB Holmes sits in third a shot back.
"Simple things like changing your socks; it's just nice to feel dry in your feet when you have another long walk ahead of you," Scott said.
"At some point, experience can play into your favour."
RIGHT: Scott has credited an extra pair of socks for his good play in LA. PHOTO: Harry How/Getty Images.
However, Scott said this week did not compare to his victory at Riviera, 14 years ago, when extreme rain forced the event to be shortened to 54 holes.
"This is way better. (2005) was a joke," Scott said.
"I must have spent 20 hours in the locker-room, that week. We just sat here, every day."
Aaron Baddeley was next best of the Australians at three under, while Marc Leishman is a shot further back.
Leishman was among Thursday's scheduled morning wave who completed their first round early on Friday, but didn't return to the course and will begin their second round on Saturday morning.
John Senden sits even par, one shot ahead of countrymen Cameron Smith and Cameron Davis.
Rod Pampling (two over) and Curtis Luck (four over) round out the Australian contingent.
Meanwhile, event host Tiger Woods posted a 70 but struggled during the 12 holes he played of the second round to remain at one under.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press