Live From The AmFam: Morning Report

Although some rain fell on the course last night, strong winds and cool temperatures will offset any moisture the course absorbed.

As of this posting, the only notable move by any of the early tee times comes from Mark Calcavecchia who birdied the first two holes of the day and now sits at -5.

Although Paul Broadhurst has a two-shot lead, the pedigree of his pursuers is very strong.

It is likely that the winner will come out of the final three groupings of the day.

The 10:30 AM tee time consists of Jeff Maggert, Joe Durant, and Jay Haas. All three are solid ball strikers, but their scoring is dependent on how well they are able to putt.

Durant and Haas fired a pair of 68s yesterday, while Maggert posted a three-under 69.

The penultimate group, and the group that is sure to have the largest galleries, is made up of Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, and Gene Sauers.

Sauers tied the low-round of the day Saturday with a 66, which was highlighted by a holed wedge shot for eagle on the par-4 15th.

Stricker and Couples both had their share of troubles during the second round, but they found form on the back nine and stayed within striking distance.

Leader Paul Broadhurst will join Scott Verplank and Lee Janzen in the final grouping of the day. Broadhurst backed up his first round 63 with a 69 Saturday, while Verplank and Janzen shared round of the day honors with Sauers with a 66.

Janzen’s round was defined by a flurried finish as he played his last five holes in four-under. That stirring final stretch included an eagle at the par-5 16th.

Janzen has one Champions Tour victory to his name and it came at the 2015 Chubb Classic. That event is the only other time he has entered the final round in second place in his Champions Tour career.

Verplank leads the field in putting with 1.577 putts per GIR. Although his Champions Tour tenure has been hindered by injuries, the Oklahoma-native has two top-five finishes on the tour and two top-10s this season.

As we approach one hour until the leaders tee off, Broadhurst is no doubt the favorite. He has two Champions Tour victories, including last year’s Senior Open Championship.

However, with the wind up and the Sunday nerves in play, anything can happen.

Stay tuned to The Otter Room and our Twitter page (@otterroom) for continuing coverage of the American Family Insurance Championship.

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