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The Players: Five questions for Saturday at TPC Sawgrass

May 11, 2013

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Two days are in the books at TPC Sawgrass and they have produced no shortage of storylines. What are some burning questions entering Day 3? We take a look:

1. What can we expect from the final pairing?

If history is any indicator, then Tiger Woods is a heavy favorite. In 19 times being paired together, the 14-time major champion has a scoring edge of 69.84 to 71.95 over Sergio Garcia, who leads by one after 36 holes. Of course, their most famous pairing came at the 2006 British Open at Hoylake when Garcia's outfit made him look like a human banana and Woods crushed him like one. But no matter what the clothing or the result, we just hope we get to see it unfold today, which leads us to our next question. . .

2. What's the weather forecast?

Not good. After two days of perfect weather, unfortunately, the weekend looks shaky. There's a 50% chance of showers for most of the day, with 2-6 p.m. being the most likely period when TPC Sawgrass will get hit. In other words, the worst possible time.

3. Can Kevin Chappell keep this up?

Considering he's only seriously contended on the weekend once at a PGA Tour event -- losing by one shot to Brendan Steele at the 2011 Valero Texas Open -- probably not. Making things tougher is the fact the final four players teeing off at TPC Sawgrass will be Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Chappell. But if anyone in this situation ever needs inspiration, they just need to look up what happened here in 2002 when Craig Perks pulled off the monumental upset. Yeah, that Craig Perks.

4. Who is the most dangerous player not in one of the final groups?

How about Adam Scott? The Aussie is still flying high following his first major win at Augusta and he's playing well again on a course that produced the previous biggest win of his career in 2004. Scott enters Saturday four shots behind after a 68, but he could be a lot closer having played the four par 5s at even par on Friday. No Masters winner has ever finished better than T-14 at that year's Players since the tournament moved to May, but none of those guys have been as consistently good from tee to green, either.

5. Which under-the-radar guy you should root for?

Ryan Palmer is an easy choice. The three-time PGA Tour winner played the gutsiest round on Friday, firing a 69 despite finding out that one of his best friends was killed in a car accident the night before. Palmer wore the initials "CA" on his hat in honor of Clay Aderholt and was able to keep his emotions in check well enough to enter today T-6. Perhaps playing golf is his best distraction right now.