The Starter: Round 3, Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 25, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard is set to begin. PGATOUR.COM will host exclusive LIVE@ coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET while the Golf Channel will televise live action beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET, with NBC picking up the action at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Groups we're watching:
Tee time Players  
1:40 p.m. ET
No. 1
Spencer Levin, Martin Laird
Martin Laird has been in contention seemingly every week since last year's PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. All that's missing is a win.
1:30 p.m. ET
No. 1
K.J. Choi, Steve Marino
K.J. Choi has been solid through two rounds, while Marino is trying to break through in his 125th start on the PGA TOUR.
1 p.m. ET
No. 1
Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner
This is Woods' best shot yet at breaking a losing streak that dates back to 2009. He used only 26 putts on Friday and will need to keep the putter hot.
12:50 p.m. ET
No. 1
Sergio Garcia, David Toms
For the second Saturday in a row, Sergio enters the third round near the lead. Last weekend's shot at the Transitions Championship didn't go well.
MORE ROUND 3: Tee times | ROUND 2: Wrap-up | Scores | TOUR Report notes
Round 3 weather forecast
Mostly sunny
Temp: 88 high/63 low
Mostly sunny with winds around 10 mph.
ShotLink player notes
Here are some of the players you'll see on the NBC Sports' coverage of Saturday's second round
Coming off back-to-back top 10s in his last two starts (WGC-Cadillac, T10 and Transitions T5), Martin Laird currently has a one-shot lead through two rounds this week. Laird is now 27 under par in his last 10 rounds on TOUR, playing nine of his last 10 rounds under par.
No one has hit the ball closer to the pins this week than Choi. Through two rounds, he's averaging just shy of 25 feet to the pin on all approach shots compared to the field average of nearly 40 feet.
Levin has been extremely solid on and around the greens of Bay Hill Club & Lodge this week. Through two rounds, he currently leads the field for scrambling, salvaging par or better on 11 of 12 missed greens (first in field) averaging five feet, six inches o the pin on all chip shots from around the green.
-ShotLink notes provided by Alex Turnbull

KEY ROUND 1 VIDEO: • Watch the best shots from Friday's LIVE@ coverage at Bay Hill. • Hunter Mahan rattled the flagstick with his great approach shot on No. 18 . • One of Tiger Woods' 26 putts was his 53-foot bomb on the 18th on Friday.