The Starter, Round 3: Reno-Tahoe Open

July 16, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Groups We're Watching
Tee time Players  
2:24 p.m. ET,
No. 1
Kevin Stadler, Chad Campbell
This duo could be dangerous. Campbell is consistent (69-69) and Stadler (70-67) could be heating up at the right time.
2:41 p.m. ET,
No. 1
John Mallinger, Bob Heintz
Mallinger has missed 13 of 19 cuts this season, so it will be interesting to see how he handles this somewhat rare situation.
2:50 p.m. ET
No. 1
Robert Garrigus, Matt Bettencourt
Garrigus is still trying to live down his 72nd hole at the St. Jude Classic, while Bettencourt is looking to go wire-to-wire at Montreux.

The third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open is set to begin Saturday. Here are three groups to watch:

EXPERT PREVIEW: PGA TOUR NETWORK on-site correspondent Brian Katrek previews Saturday's third round:

One statistic to keep an eye on this weekend is greens in regulation. While it's important every week, the players in Reno are missing more greens than normal from the middle of the fairways. Montreux is a long golf course, and while the players do enjoy added distance off the tee because of the thin air, that same thin air is causing problems with club selection into the greens. He who adjusts best will thrive.

Saturday's forecast

Sunny and clear
Temp: 99 high/67 low
Chance of precipitation 0 percent. Winds from NW at around 15 mph.

The thin air is good news and bad news for a player like Chad Campbell. The added distance comes into play more for players who hit the ball high into the air. A low ball hitter like Campbell doesn't get the benefit of the altitude like some others. But that will also work to help him with his approaches to greens over the weekend. Chad is in the top 40 in greens in regulation.

The Film Room
Round 2 Highlights: Reno-Tahoe Open
Matt Bettencourt holds his lead heading into moving day at the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open. Watch it
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In the second round of the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open, Chris DiMarco rolls home a thirty foot putt for birdie at the par-4 18th. Watch it
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Montreux is one of the toughest walks on the PGA TOUR, and stamina in the thin air may also become an issue during the weekend. Not just for the players, but their caddies too. Kevin Streelman's wife Courtney is looking forward to the challenge. She decided to play the role of looper this week and wouldn't let Kevin substitute a lighter carry bag either. Courtney is carrying the big old 60-pound staff bag. A great workout for sure.