The Starter, Round 3: Children's Miracle Network Classic

November 12, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Groups We're Watching
Tee time Players  
10:20 a.m. ET
No. 1
D.J. Trahan, Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell III
Three of the bigger names in this field are in striking distance, ready to pounce if the leader falters.
10:50 a.m. ET
No. 1
Robert Garrigus, Mark Wilson, Brett Quigley
Wilson ('09 victory) and Garrigus are safely inside the top 125, but Quigley still needs to move up the leaderboard.
11 a.m. ET
No. 1
Roland Thatcher, Chris Stroud, Brian Gay
Thatcher and Stroud would gladly take a 1-2 finish netting each a TOUR card. Gay seeks career victory No. 4.

The third round of the Children's Miracle Network classic is set to begin Saturday. Here's a preview:

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

Saturday's forecast

Partly Cloudy
Temp: 77 high/54 low
Chance of precipitation 0 percent. Winds from NNE at around 10 mph.

Those who played well enough to make the cut will find much tougher going on Saturday. Because of the amateurs in the field, the hole locations were the same and fairly easy for the first 2 days on both courses. Gone are the amateurs, and gone are the generous hole locations. Expect to see far more 4-step measurements, and far fewer 10 steppers on the pin sheet for the weekend.

Also gone for the weekend will be the forward tee at 17. The back tee measures 484 yards and takes away the option to carry the lake on the left and shorten the hole. This will also affect the Kodak Challenge. Rickie Fowler had just 69 yards to the front of the green at 17 on Friday and nearly holed his sand wedge. There will be lots of 7 and 8 irons and most likely zero eagles from here on out.

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Look out for the letter Q. No player with a last name starting with the letter Q has ever won on the PGA TOUR. Both Brett Quigley and Jeff Quinney are in contention heading into the weekend. Quigley has found some extra distance this week. He is 13th in the field at 299 yards. That is up 17 yards from his season average.