With 49 of the top 50 players in the world in the field, the WGC-Cadillac Championship should have featured some amazing displays of skill. Instead, the story of the first two rounds was the best in the world scrambling to stay under 80. Doral got the best of the field during the first 36 holes, and viewers will have multiple options to watch and see if that trend continues on Saturday.
Only four players will begin the third round under par and no player is better than 1-under. The redesigned course has proven to be a challenge worthy of U.S. Open standards. High winds made the course even more difficult, bringing the many hazards into play. More than 100 balls found the water during the second round, and the field combined to record 108 double bogeys. With the wind whipping around on Friday, no player carded better than a round of 70.
Scoring conditions will likely be a bit easier on Saturday, but the course is still going to prove to be a stiff challenge. With the field resembling that of a major championship field, weekend coverage was extended. The Golf Channel and NBC will combine to broadcast six hours of live third-round coverage. The television broadcast will begin at 12 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and will continue until 2 p.m. The main broadcast will move to NBC at 2 and continue until 6 p.m. Golf Channel will continue with its coverage, running "spotlight coverage" of holes No. 15, 16 and 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Viewers will have the option to watch the entire main broadcast online thanks to a live simulcast stream from NBC Sports LiveExtra. The stream is scheduled to run from 12 to 6 p.m. PGATour.com will provide a featured holes stream, with coverage focused on No. 1. Nos. 15 and 18 will also be featured on the stream.
In addition to moving pictures, viewers can follow the round live via a six-hour radio broadcast from PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM. The radio coverage will run from 12 to 6 p.m.
Third round coverage
Noon to 2 p.m. -- Golf Channel
2 to 6 p.m. -- NBC
2 to 5 p.m. -- Golf Channel "Spotlight Coverage" Nos. 15, 16, and 18 at Trump Doral
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- PGATour.com featured holes stream (primarily No. 1, added coverage of Nos. 15, 18)
Noon to 6 p.m. -- Golf Channel/NBC Sports LiveExtra simulcast stream
Noon to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)