On a day that was only three-fourths of a stroke easier than the third round of the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, the sentiment was universal for the leaders.
The final group of Nicolas Colsaerts, Jordan Spieth, and Stewart Cink combined to go 13 over par on a Saturday where only 18 golfers were under par.
Outright leader Gary Woodland (who three-putted his final hole for a 2-under 70) had no trouble with the US Open comparison.
"The course is really tough, It's as tough as any Open I've played," said Woodland to Peter Kostis of CBS.
Here's a look at the top five after day three at Torrey Pines:
1. Gary Woodland: -8
T2. Jordan Spieth: -7
T2. Marc Leishman: -7
T4. Morgan Hoffmann: -6
T4. Pat Perez: -6
The star power we thought might be in the hunt at the beginning of the week is absent after 54 holes with Tiger Woods missing the third-round cut and Phil Mickelson withdrawing but there are still a few big names lurking.
Here's a look at how the stars did on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Spieth (Round 3: 3 over, Tournament: 7 under, T2) -- Spieth sounded confident in his interview with David Feherty of CBS after his round.
"The course is gettable, you just have to be in the fairway. I only hit three fairways, that's not going to work tomorrow," said Spieth. "I'm excited about tomorrow."
Jason Day (Round 3: 1 over, Tournament: 4 under, T13) -- Day shot his second straight 73 and slid to T13. Still, he's not even close to being out of the mix.
Keegan Bradley (Round 3: 1 under, Tournament: 4 under, T13) -- Bradley was one of the 18 golfers under par as he shot an underrated 71 (with only one bogey) to move up to the top 15. He also won the university challenge late on Friday night.
Bubba Watson (Round 3: 1 over, Tournament: E, T47) -- Watson made yet another double bogey (his third in the last two days) but managed to move up slightly from T50 to T47.
Tiger Woods (Round 3: 7 over, Tournament: 6 over, CUT) -- The first MDF of Woods' career comes in his worst round ever in the United States (79)