The Starter: Round 3, FedEx St. Jude Classic

June 10, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
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Tee time Players  
12:25 p.m. ET
No. 1
Robert Karlsson, Colt Knost, Keegan Bradley
Karlsson was a runner-up here a year ago and is in position to make a run at the title again at 9 under and three shots clear of Knost and Bradley, who is looking for his second win in three weeks.
12:16 p.m. ET
No. 1
John Merrick, Fredrik Jacobson, Harrison Frazar
Jacobson and Frazar each carded 65s to climb nearly 50 spots up the leaderboard. Merrick, meanwhile, shot 69.
11:13 a.m. ET
No. 1
Lee Westwood, Shaun Micheel, Charles Howell III
Westwood has some ground to make up if he's going to successfully defend his title -- he's eight shots back. Micheel is a member at TPC Southwind and has a history of playing well here. He enters the weekend tied for 23rd.
MORE ROUND 3: Tee times | ROUND 2: Scores | Wrap-up | TOUR Report notes

The third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic is set to begin. CBS will televise live action beginning at 3 p.m. ET .

KEY ROUND 2 VIDEO:Robert Karlsson shot 65 take the lead. That, and more, in Round 2 highlights. Watch

Round 3 weather forecast
Isolated storms
Temp: 94 high/72 low
A few isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds 5-10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Player notes
Here are some of the players you'll see on the CBS' coverage of Round 3:
Karlsson extended his streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s at TPC Southwind to six with a 65 on Friday to stand at 131 (9 under). He holds a three-stroke lead over Colt Knost and Keegan Bradley. The last time a player held at least a three-stroke lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic after 36-holes was in 2005, when eventual champion Justin Leonard led by five strokes. Karlsson, who lost on the fourth-playoff hole to Lee Westwood last year, is looking to become the first player since Ryuji Imada at the AT&T Classic in 2007-08 to lose in a playoff and then go on to win the same event the following year. Phil Mickelson at the Northern Trust Open also finished second in a playoff and then won the same two years (2007-08). Karlsson has only opened with back-to-back sub-70 rounds in one previous start in 2011. He opened with a 69-68 last month at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial en route to a T5 finish, his best of the year. The 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic marks the first time Karlsson has held the lead/co-lead after 36 holes on the PGA TOUR. His previous best position through 36 holes was T2 at the 2008 U.S. Open, where he went on to finish T4.
Knost, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour (2008 Fort Smith Classic, Price Cutter Charity Championship), has not finished better than T25 since his rookie year on TOUR of 2009. Knost, who is making his 16th start of the season, remains in search of his first top-25 finish of 2011. In his only previous start in Memphis, he missed the cut in 2009.
This is Bradley's first start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The last player to win twice in his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR was Todd Hamilton in 2004 (The Honda Classic, British Open). Off the strength of a 14th place finish on the 2010 Nationwide Tour Money List, Bradley is making 2011 his rookie season on TOUR. Prior to this week, he has amassed three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a playoff win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship over Ryan Palmer three weeks ago.

Michael Bradley had the shot of the day with a hole out from the bunker for eagle. Watch