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Groups we're watching: Round 3

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Perplexed about who to follow on Saturday at Royal Birkdale? Here are three groups you'll want to pay attention to as the pressure increases at the Open Championship.

All times are Eastern.

Greg Norman, K.J. Choi
Tee time: 9:40 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 27
Why you should watch: It's been more than a decade since Greg Norman has contended in a major championship on the PGA TOUR. As he's played sparingly over the last few years, it'll be interesting to see how Norman's game holds up. As for K.J. Choi, he could become the first Asian player to win a major championship. His game is as steady as anyone's on TOUR, and he hardly makes any mistakes.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Norman3------------75.00
Choi14101----3671.45


David Duval, Padraig Harrington
Tee time: 9 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 16
Why you should watch: It's hard to believe, but less than 10 years ago David Duval was the No. 1 player in the world and even won the Open Championship -- his lone major in 2001, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Since then, however, Duval has fallen into one of the most terrible slumps imaginable. In 12 starts this season, he has just one cut made. There's no logical way to explain why his game is peaking this week, but could there be any better way to bust out of a slump than to win a major? For his part, Padraig Harrington is playing sensational golf despite the fact that the defending champion was concerned he might have to withdraw due to a wrist injury before this tournament began. Luckily he didn't and now he has the chance to be the seventh player to win back-to-back Opens since 1951.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Duval121----------74.93
Harrington98----14670.93


Jean Van de Velde, Ian Poulter
Tee time: 8:30 a.m.
Tee: No. 1
Total TOUR wins: 0
Why you should watch: We all remember Jean Van de Velde as the surprise leader at the Open in the final round during the tournament's 1999 edition at Carnoustie. Even more memorable was the incredible debacle he suffered through on the 72nd hole before losing in a playoff to Scotland's Paul Lawrie. This week Van de Velde came to the Open as a qualifier and with the way he's played, there's a chance he could leave as the champion. England's Ian Poulter, meanwhile, has been one of the best players Europe has to offer these last few years. He's played decent in majors, but has just one top 10 -- a tie for ninth at the 2006 PGA Championship.

2008 stat comparison
PlayerEvents PlayedCuts Made1st2nd3rdTop 10Top 25Scoring Avg.
Van de Velden/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Poulter109--------571.97
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