Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the round of his life stand between Adam Scott and his golfing holy grail.
After so many heartbreaking near misses, Scott craves a British Open Claret Jug to go with his 2013 Masters jacket and gets another shot on Sunday after clawing his way onto the leaderboard at Carnoustie.
Scott hung tough to eke out a three-under-par 68 on Saturday that left the former world No.1 five shots behind defending champion Spieth and fellow American co-leaders Xander Shauffele and Kevin Kisner entering the final round.
Another American, Kevin Chappell, is seven under, one ahead of Italian Francesco Molinari.
McIlroy and the resurgent Woods - who topped a major leaderboard for the first time in five years during his vintage round of 66 - are five under and one in front of Scott.
Runner-up in 2012 and a last-day leader in 2013 and 2015, Scott has given himself a fighting chance once again of becoming the first Australian since his childhood idol Greg Norman, a quarter of a century ago, to win the Open.
But Scott knows the golfing gods will need to smile on him.
"I'm going to have to have an amazing round to get myself in it," he said.
"I don't know what I want, a lot of wind maybe to get it trickier, but I'm just going to have to find that great round of golf."
Young gun Lucas Herbert is Australia's only other realistic hope after climbing to two under with a brilliant eagle the highlight of a second successive round of 69.
Marc Leishman found himself nine strokes off the pace despite also shooting a third-round 69, while Jason Day is 10 back after a disappointing 72.
Scott collected five birdies but it was a clutch par at the devilish last hole that kept him in the hunt.
After driving into the rough, he considered taking on the fearsome Barry Burn before pulling back, laying up and getting up and down with a magic chip to a metre.
"At first, I was going for the green and I was committed to it," the 38-year-old Scott said.
"Then I stood over the ball and just remembered guys hitting it in the creek yesterday when I was watching it on tele and thought if I do that, that's my tournament over, probably.
"You just never what might happen tomorrow. If it gets tricky, or even if it doesn't, one good round can go a really long way."
Herbert planned to head straight to the practice round to iron out some swing kinks on the eve of the biggest round of his life.
Despite three birdies and his eagle, the ambitious 22-year-old wasn't satisfied with his top-30 standing on debut.
"A bit of a frustrating day," Herbert said.
"I would have liked to have played well and moved up the leaderboard but, at the same time, I was happy because that really could have got a way from me and I could have gone to one or two over.
"But I made that eagle on 14 and played the last four really solid, parred the last four, so it was a good bad round, I guess."
HOW THE AUSSIES ARE FARING AFTER THE BRITISH OPEN THIRD ROUND
209: Adam Scott 71-70-68
211: Lucas Herbert 73-69-69
213: Marc Leishman 72-72-69
214: Jason Day 71-71-72
216: Brett Rumford 74-70-72, Cameron Davis 71-72-73
217: Cameron Smith 73-71-73
* leaders at 204