With a strong possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday, WGC-Bridgestone officials decided to move the Day Three starting times up and send threesomes off two separate tees.
That means yours truly will begin following the popular grouping of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter off the first tee at the ungodly hour of 7 a.m. Talk about three strong personalities. This trio should be fun to watch up close.
Woods struggled to a 1-over-par performance Friday that set him back to 1-under par for the tournament. Watson is also 1-under after an even par second round. And Poulter is at even par after rounds of 71-69.
I won't go so far as to say one of these players is a threat to win this golf tournament, but on a course where 6-to-8-under is not out of the question, I'm not counting any of them out just yet.
That's the group I have chosen to keep tabs on—at least for nine holes. At that time, I'll probably be ready for a second breakfast in the media lounge.
Then I'll consider keeping pace with the leaders. The final two groups of the day tee off at 9 a.m. Of particular interest to me is the threesome of Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott. All three are tied for the lead at 8-under.
Moore has been the most consistent of the bunch, firing matching rounds of 4-under 66. Fowler worked his way into a tie for the lead with an impressive second round score of 64. And Scott exploded out of the gates with a sizzling 8-under 62, but could only manage an even par day Friday.
Keegan Bradley is also tied for the lead at 8-under. He will play alongside Martin Laird and Robert Karlsson (both 7-under) in a group that also begins play at 9 a.m.
Another group of particular interest to me is the trio of Phil Mickelson (even), defending champion Hunter Mahan (even) and Padraig Harrington (1-over). It would be a tall order for any of these players to get into the mix on Sunday. But they could provide a lot of entertainment with great shotmaking on Saturday.
There is a ton of high-caliber talent on this leaderboard. When you look at names like Jason Day, Nick Watney, Ryo Ishikawa, Gary Woodland, David Toms, Steve Stricker, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Rory McIlroy all hovering within a few shots of the lead, it's anyone's golf tournament to win at this point.
For a complete list of the Saturday starting times, click here.
The gates at Firestone Country Club will open at 6 a.m. Television coverage will be taped and will air as originally scheduled from 12-1:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel and from 2-6 p.m. on CBS.
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