The Starter: Round 3, AT&T NationalJuly 01, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Groups we're watching Tee time Players 1:45 p.m. ET
K.J Choi, Chris Riley
K.J. Choi fired an impressive 64 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend. Riley is two-shots back of Choi after a 66 that included just 24 putts.
1:35 p.m. ET
Charlie Wi, Justin Leonard
Charlie Wi stacked his scorecard with six birdies to shoot 65. He and Justin Leonard are two of the four players two shots back of Choi.
1:05 p.m. ET
Kyle Stanley, Rickie Fowler
Young guns Stanley and Fowler both shot 69s in Round 2. There should be some fireworks as these two long hitters try notch their first wins.
11:20 a.m. ET
Patrick Cantlay, Steve Marino
Cantlay continues to prove he belongs on TOUR. Marino has two runner-up finishes this year, and is looking to break through this holiday weekend.
The third round of the AT&T National is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.., and CBS will pick up coverage at 3 p.m. until 6 pm.
WHAT TO WATCH ON SATURDAY: • Playoff parity: Mark Wilson (3rd), Nick Watney (5th), K.J. Choi (8th), Gary Woodland (9th), Webb Simpson (14th), and Hunter Mahan (19th) could all potentially over take the No.1 spot in the FedExCup standings with a win this week.
Round 3 weather forecast Clear skies
Temp: 88 high/68 low
Morning temperatures in the 60s. Warming up to 88 late in the day. Overnight thunderstorms possible. Winds around 5 mph.
Here are some of the players you'll see on Saturday: CHARLIE WI Different year, nearly the same result. A year ago, Charlie Wi shot 69-65 to sit one shot off the lead at the AT&T National. This year, Wi shot 69-66 and is just two back of fellow Korean and leader K.J. Choi. It's also the second time Wi has found himself in contention in a little over a month. At the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Wi finished second, although he's also missed two of his last three cuts. CHARLES HOWELL III Charles Howell III currently sits tied for sixth after shooting matching rounds of 68 in the first two rounds. He played well in his last event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, firing a final round 66 to finish tied for third. Howell is currently 40th in FedExCup points, and looks to jump into the top 30 with a good finish this weekend. JIM FURYK Furyk shot 77-71 to finish his week at 8 over. Its the fourth straight cut that Furyk has missed the last time that happened was 1995. Other notables on the wrong side of the number include Brian Gay (69-75), Camilo Villegas (74-71) and the feel-good story of the week Erik Compton (76-76).
• Lucky 300: K.J. Choi equaled the Aronomink Golf Club course record during his 300th career start on the PGA TOUR with a 6-under 64 on Friday to move to 7-under 133. His 64 fell two shy of the AT&T National record set by Anthony Kim during the first round at Congressional Country Club in 2009 and was matched later that week in round four by Hunter Mahan.