PGA Championship 2013 TV Coverage: Definitive Guide to 3rd-Round Action
In the world of golf, it doesn't get much better than the weekend of a major championship. With Day 3 of the 2013 PGA Championship, the final major weekend of the year is set to get underway at Oak Hill Country Club.
Here's a look at the top five on the leaderboard, and be sure to click on "full leaderboard" to see every golfer's score:
With some big names and surprise contenders at the top, you aren't going to want to miss any of the live broadcast from Rochester, N.Y. Here's a look at when and where to catch all of the action, along with a guide to the storylines to watch.
When: Saturday, Aug. 10
Watch: TNT from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET; CBS from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET
Tee Times and Pairings: MajorChampionships.com
Hole to Watch: No. 15
There are few holes that are more do-or-die than this 181-yard par three.
With a downhill tee shot to a narrow green that features thick rough, a bunker on the left and a body of water on the right, it's the ultimate test of precision off the tee.
The second round saw the field score 22 birdies, but 48 players settled for bogey or worse, with 84 players scoring par, according to PGA.com.
It's produced plenty of highlight-reel shots, like this one from Adam Scott that set up a birdie:
But missing by just a few feet can set up a difficult shot just to score par on the hole, as Justin Rose learned:
Considering its position on the home stretch of the course, this will be a key hole to keep an eye on. It's one that presents the possibility for a birdie, but it threatens to derail players with a late bogey.
Biggest Question: Can Jason Dufner Hold the Lead?
Jason Dufner made headlines by tying the record for lowest round at a major, shooting a 63, but he only has a two-shot advantage on the overall leaderboard.
Jason Dufner (-9) sets a new course record at Oak Hill and ties the major championship record with a 63 on Friday at the #PGAChamp— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 9, 2013
Dufner will face stiff competition from players who have already proved that they can win a major. Adam Scott, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose headline former champions who are within striking distance on Day 3.
As Justin Ray of ESPN illustrates, history tells us that Dufner's historic round doesn't necessarily guarantee that he will finish the tournament well.
History says Jason Dufner's 63 today is predictive of very little - pic.twitter.com/h39Mbq4o4Q— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 10, 2013
All eyes will be on Dufner to repeat his epic Friday performance. Whether he's prepared for that is the burning question for Saturday.
Player Most Desperate for Huge Round: Rory McIlroy
You won't find any of golf's three biggest names on the leaderboard. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy have been fighting with par through two rounds and will likely remain out of the action over the weekend.
For Tiger, it's disappointing. But his two top-10 finishes in majors and five wins on the PGA tour this year confirm that he's still one of the world's top players.
For Mickelson, his performance is less than ideal, but he already has a major championship in 2013, having won the British Open in dramatic fashion.
McIlroy really needed a strong performance in New York, though. He has no wins on the PGA tour in 2013, and a T-25 finish at the Masters is his best performance at a major. Fortunately, he's traditionally thrived at the PGA Championship.
As Ray pointed out on the tournament's first day, he's already shown improvement from his earlier 2013 disappointments:
Rory McIlroy -1 today - since beginning of last year, he's +51 at the 1st 3 majors of the year. He's -14 at the PGA.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 8, 2013
After shooting par for the tournament, he's now tied for 28th place. A great round on Saturday would launch him into the top 25 and give him a shot at a top-10 finish on the tourney's last day.
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