The third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is getting off to a late start Saturday because PGA Tour officials are expecting bad weather to hit the area early in the morning. In an effort to make sure the round gets completed in one day, players will be playing in threesomes, and there will be split starts from both the first tee and the 10th.
WEATHER UPDATE: Gates will open TOMORROW at 9:30am with tee times beginning around 11:00am off both 1 and 10. #WGCBI— WGC_Bridgestone (@WGC_Bridgestone) August 2, 2013
With this being a no-cut limited field WGC event, getting in the final 36 holes by Sunday evening should not be much of an issue unless they weather is severe for the entire weekend. Players have been briskly moving through Firestone South in about four hours flat the first two days -- threesomes will slow that pace a bit, but it's still small enough field to have a bit of a schedule luxury.
Once the players do hit the course, they will have a lot of work to do in order to catch Tiger Woods, who holds a seven-stroke lead at 13-under. Woods was brilliant Friday, firing a 9-under 61 to pull away from the rest of the field and making this his tournament to lose. He actually played the first 13 holes nine under par, giving him a legitimate shot at a round of 59, which is something that's only been done on the PGA Tour five times.
Woods will tee off from No. 1 at approximately 1:10 p.m. ET, and he's playing with Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood, who are tied for second place at 6-under. Coincidentally, it was announced on Friday that Bradley will be Tiger's playing partner next week at the season's final major, the PGA Championship.
Here is the complete list of tee times for Saturday (all times Eastern):
Teeing off No.1:
|11:10 AM||Brandt Snedeker||Brian Gay||Graeme McDowell|
|11:20 AM||Richie Ramsay||Thorbjorn Olesen||D.A. Points|
|11:30 AM||Adam Scott||Ian Poulter||Russell Henley|
|11:40 AM||Justin Rose||Matteo Manassero||Dustin Johnson|
|11:50 AM||Martin Kaymer||Paul Lawrie||Rory McIlroy|
|12:00 PM||Ryan Moore||Hideki Matsuyama||Miguel A. Jimenez|
|12:10 PM||Francesco Molinari||Angel Cabrera||Paul Casey|
|12:20 PM||Jamie Donaldson||Zach Johnson||Webb Simpson|
|12:30 PM||Steve Stricker||Rickie Fowler||Harris English|
|12:40 PM||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||Richard Sterne||John Merrick|
|12:50 PM||Luke Donald||Jason Dufner||Bubba Watson|
|01:00 PM||Bill Haas||Henrik Stenson||Jim Furyk|
|01:10 PM||Tiger Woods||Keegan Bradley||Chris Wood|
Teeing off No. 10:
|11:10 AM||Nicolas Colsaerts||Lee Westwood||Peter Hanson|
|11:20 AM||Ernie Els||Phil Mickelson||Matt Kuchar|
|11:30 AM||Michael Thompson||Boo Weekley||Nick Watney|
|11:40 AM||Satoshi Kodaira||David Lynn||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano|
|11:50 AM||Bo Van Pelt||Carl Pettersson||Branden Grace|
|12:00 PM||Scott Piercy||Jonas Blixt||Ken Duke|
|12:10 PM||Tommy Gainey||Mikko Ilonen||Sang-Moon Bae|
|12:20 PM||Jason Day||Sergio Garcia||Martin Laird|
|12:30 PM||Toru Taniguchi||Charl Schwartzel||Shane Lowry|
|12:40 PM||Stephen Gallacher||Billy Horschel||Derek Ernst|
|12:50 PM||Kevin Streelman||Brett Rumford|
|01:00 PM||Jaco Van Zyl||Daniel Popovic|