Among the earlier starters, Jonas Blixt showed signs of making a run with two birdies in the first five holes. At 4-under, the Swede was only five strokes off the lead.
“A guy playing really well here, hitting a lot of fairways, you can find yourself hitting a lot of middle and short irons into holes,” Kuchar said on Friday. “If you are hot and taking advantage of those holes, you have got a chance to really post a good number.”
Coverage shifts as leaders prepare to play | 11:22 a.m.
The PGA Championship telecast now switches from TNT to CBS for the remainder of Saturday’s third round, which means that many golf fans in Los Angeles and other major markets will be left in the dark.
The problem centers on a distribution dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable. Last week, Time Warner pulled the network off the air in the homes of more than 1 million subscribers across Southern California.
New York and Dallas subscribers have also been effected.
“I don't think it's really our position to comment on the negotiations that CBS is having with Time Warner, other than that they have done a great job of keeping us really abreast of any developments, almost on a constant basis,” PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua said earlier this week. “So we will continue to keep an eye on it.”
For those willing to spend the afternoon in front of a computer, PGA.com is scheduled to fill the gap with live video coverage beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. There is another option: Though Time Warner has blocked CBS content on the Internet service it provides, fans can take their laptops to a wifi café to watch on CBS.com.
So far on Saturday, the activity has been confined to early starters, not much movement in the vicinity of the leaderboard save for Kevin Streelman and Dustin Johnson making impressive runs to finish under par. Both would probably need a monster final round –- and some help from above -– to vie for the title.
Midday is when the real action begins at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
Dustin Johnson goes low with a 65 | 10:10 a.m.
The seven-time PGA Tour winner scorched the back nine with four birdies and a nifty par save on the final hole, climbing to 2-under through three rounds with a 65 on Saturday at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
That still leaves him well back of the leaders, but things could change as the day progresses.
Oak Hill continued to surrender some red numbers through the early portion of the third round. Kevin Streelman was playing 4-under for the day with Marc Leishman and Ken Duke almost as good.
It remains to be seen if the course will dry significantly and if the winds will continue to stiffen when Jason Dufner and the rest of the leaders tee off closer to noon Pacific time.