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British Open 2016: Time and TV schedule for Round 3 on Saturday

Phil Mickelson enters the weekend with a one-shot lead. Can he make it stand up?

Phil Mickelson is 36 holes from winning his first major in three years, when he won The Open at Muirfield on the east coast of Scotland. The same tournament is in the same country this year, at Royal Troon, and Mickelson has pieced together 36 brilliant holes so far. Now the 46-year-old just needs 36 more to quell any concern that he'd outgrown the chance to win a sixth major.

Mickelson was at his best on Thursday, when he set a course record by shooting a remarkable 63. (It would've been a major championship record 62, if not for golf being a fickle and unforgiving sport.) He exited the first round with a three-shot lead against runners-up Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed.

He was solid again on Friday, posting a second-round 69 that tied for the sixth-best card of the day. But the field got closer, with Henrik Stenson drawing to merely a stroke back by shooting a 6-under 65. Stenson and Mickelson are two shots clear of everybody else, making them the no-doubt biggest draw on the course on Saturday – perhaps even more than a final group ordinarily would be on an Open Saturday.

Mickelson is a frequent gallery favorite, and that shouldn't change while he's hunting for another major. But a Stenson win would be quite a story in its own right.

Ranked No. 6 in the world, Stenson is arguably the best golfer anywhere to have never won a major. He's come close a few times, his most painful miss probably being when he finished second behind Mickelson at Muirfield three years ago, three shots back of the left-hander. Stenson withdrew from the U.S. Open in June before he even finished his second round and hasn't made a cut on the PGA Tour since the Masters. On the Euro Tour, however, he did win the BMW International Open a few weeks ago, ending an almost two-year winless streak.

Soren Kjeldsen and Keegan Bradley are both at 7-under, two shots back of Stenson for second place. Nobody else is within a stroke of them, either, giving us a clear top rung of Mickelson-Stenson-Kjeldsen-Bradley right now. The odds seem good that one of them will eventually win the Claret Jug, but a few usual contenders are lurking if scores start to go up ahead of them on the leaderboard, most prominently defending champion Zach Johnson at 5-under and Sergio Garcia at 4-under.

Golf Channel and NBC will combine for an extensive broadcast on Saturday with more than 10 hours of planned live coverage. It will start just 30 minutes after the first tee ball is in the air at 3:25 a.m. ET, giving viewers the rare opportunity to watch every important shot as it happens live. That is, if you're awake when coverage starts at 4 a.m. ET. Golf Channel will handle the first three hours of the broadcast before TV coverage moves to NBC at 7 a.m.

If you like drama, you'll probably like Saturday, and then you'll probably like Sunday even more.

Here's how to watch the festivities. All times are Eastern:

Saturday's third round coverage


4 - 7 a.m. -- Golf Channel

7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- NBC

Online streams:

4 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel broadcast simulcast stream

4 - 9:30 a.m. -- "First Tee" stream

4 a.m. -- Featured holes stream

Marquee groups stream

  • 3:55 a.m. -- Jordan Spieth / Brandt Snedeker
  • 8:15 a.m. -- Rickie Fowler / Tyrrell Hatton
  • Radio:

    4 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio (Ch. 92/208)

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