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Groups we're watching: Round 2

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After an interesting opening day on Thursday, here's who you should keep an eye on during Friday's second round.

All times are Eastern.

Paul Lawrie, Rocco Mediate, Angel Cabrera
Tee time: 2:03 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 7
Why you should watch: It's not often that you have a threesome with two major winners, yet the non-major winner -- the odd-man out, so to speak -- is the headliner. However, that's exactly what the case is here. Everyone wants to see how Rocco Mediate will follow up his opening 1-under-par 69, which gave him a share of the lead with Graeme McDowell and Robert Allenby. The past month has been a whirlwind for Mediate, who pushed Tiger Woods to the absolute limit, plus one, in what ended up being a 19-hole playoff in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June. If you didn't know better, you'd have thought Mediate was the winner of that epic duel because of all the attention. Mediate has dealt with the new stardom brilliantly and that was on display on Thursday. Can he follow it up in the second round? Lawrie and Cabrera in the meantime, will be looking to bounce back from rough 7-over 77 starts.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Lawrien/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Mediate2011--1--2371.48
Cabrera117------1372.93


Robert Karlsson, Greg Norman, Woody Austin
Tee time: 2:47 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 23
Why you should watch: With all due respect, a quick glance at this trio would suggest that you have a star in the making in Robert Karlsson, an always fun to watch Woody Austin, who's played great lately and an old, sentimental favorite in 53-year-old Greg Norman. Well, guess what? It was the old, sentimental favorite who stole the show on Thursday. Norman, acting half his age in the first round with an outstanding even-par 70. Was that round simply a tease? We'll see soon enough. Karlsson and Austin both found conditions much tougher to negotiate than Norman on Thursday and will have some work to do to make the cut on Friday.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Karlsson55------2271.31
Norman3------------75.00
Austin1915--1--4871.51

Tom Watson, Justin Rose, Aaron Baddeley
Tee time: 7:47 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 41
Why you should watch: The nostalgia train didn't stop with Norman on Thursday. Five-time Open champion Tom Watson had the early limelight after an otherworldly 4-over 74 considering the conditions. Watson was one of the few players with a morning tee time on Thursday who didn't shoot himself out of the tournament and looked every bit the Watson who won at Birkdale in 1983 for the fifth and (maybe) final time. Justin Rose (4 over) and Aaron Baddeley (5 over) each did what they needed to to stay in the mix. Thursday was about survival and not shooting yourself out of the tournament more than anything and all three players in this group managed to do both.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Watsonn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Rose127--1--1571.67
Baddeley1512--1--2671.22
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