If the first two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship are any indication, it's almost impossible to have any idea of what's going to happen at the Quail Hollow Club. World class players who played well on Thursday like Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy limped in over par on Friday. Brendon de Jonge shot an 80 on Thursday and was in last place, only to follow it up with a course-record-tying 62 in the second round. With such drastic up and downswings, anything could be in store for the third round.
Angel Cabrera and Martin Flores will begin the round in the lead, tied at 9-under. Justin Rose is also in contention, one stroke off the lead. He opened the tournament with a 69, then bettered it with a 67 on Friday to take over third place. Rose is one of 16 players who will begin moving day at 4-under or better. Martin Kaymer at 6-under, Retief Goosen at 4-under are among the group in contention.
The leaders will begin teeing off around 1 p.m. ET, which is the same time television coverage will begin on Golf Channel. Coverage will continue on Golf Channel from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Rose is scheduled to to tee off at 1:30 p.m. playing with Shawn Stefani while Flores and Cabrera will play in the final group and are scheduled to be on the first tee at 1:40 p.m. CBS will take over afternoon coverage, with the broadcast running from 3 to 6 p.m. The more than four hours of television coverage will allow viewers to watch most of the key final round action live, minus the 30-minute blackout between coverage windows.
The coverage will also be available online with Golf Channel and CBS each hosting live simulcast streams. The Golf Channel stream will be available from Golf LiveExtra while CBS' coverage will stream on CBSSports.com. With coverage starting in the afternoon, viewers won't have many options to watch the players teeing off in the morning, including Mickelson and McIlroy. There will be limited morning and afternoon coverage with a featured group stream from PGATour.com. The stream will begin at 10:30 a.m. and focus on one featured group in the morning wave and another in the afternoon groups.
Third round coverage (all times Eastern)
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- CBS
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- PGATour.com featured group stream
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- CBSSports.com simulcast stream
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)