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The temperatures should be a little lower than Saturday, hovering around 87 degrees by the 2-3pm ET tee times of the final groupings. Scattered thunderstorms are also being forecast, with 40% chance of precipitation.


From the New York Times, by Damon Hack


Mickelson Falters, and Love and Bjorn Take Advantage


SPRINGFIELD, N.J., Aug. 13 - As Phil Mickelson trudged up the 18th fairway at Baltusrol Golf Club on Saturday, the sun was making the day's final retreat over nearby hills, diabolical greens and an uncertain 87th P.G.A. Championship.


Mickelson had begun with a three-shot lead on a steamy afternoon, and it slowly left him as the day wore on.


By his final putt, Mickelson had dropped into a tie for the lead with Davis Love III at six-under-par 204.


Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tied a major-championship record by shooting 63 to stand one shot behind Mickelson (72) and Love (68), while Vijay Singh (69), Steve Elkington (68), Pat Perez (67) and Stuart Appleby (69) trailed by two shots.


Retief Goosen (69), a two-time United States Open champion, and Ben Curtis (67), the 2003 British Open champion, headlined a group three shots back, while Tiger Woods (66) returned to the fray to stand six shots back. Mickelson let several golfers back into the tournament.


"After the start that I had, I thought for me to fight and still be in the lead is a huge boost," the 35-year-old Mickelson said. "Guys were out there making birdies, and I was going the other way."


Mickelson and Love - PGA Tour veterans and fixtures on Ryder and Presidents Cup teams - are in search of the second major championships of their careers.


A victory for Bjorn would be his first major, a first major for a European since 1999, and a European's first P.G.A. Championship in 75 years.


Mickelson, as a reward for his superior play the first two days, received the last time slot with Jerry Kelly (74) at 3 p.m., when temperatures soared to more than 100 degrees.


For all who played in the afternoon, the greens picked up speed and the course became more difficult, and Mickelson did not match the precision he showed in his first two rounds. (Bjorn's tee time was at 11:20 a.m., Woods's at 8:20 a.m.)


Mickelson's lead was quickly in jeopardy. He drove into the right fairway bunker on No. 2 and sailed his approach shot over the green. After hitting his chip shot 40 feet past the hole, he missed the putt and tapped in for bogey.


"I can't control the way the ball reacts on some of the greens," Mickelson said. "I thought I hit some good shots that weren't rewarded. We expect that at major championships. I didn't let it bother me. I thought the course was very difficult but very fair."


Mickelson also made back-to-back bogeys on the par-4 fifth and sixth holes, briefly dropping into a tie with Bjorn, who finds himself in contention in a major again.


Bjorn, 34, was a distant second-place finisher to Woods at the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews - he lost by eight strokes - and three years later had the British Open in his grasp at Royal St. George's.


Holding a three-shot lead with four holes to play, Bjorn made bogey at Nos. 15 and 17 and a double bogey at No. 16, needing three shots to get out of a greenside bunker. Curtis defeated him by one stroke.


"You've got to go away from championships like that and say, 'The one thing I can take away from this is I am capable of putting myself in good position,' " said Bjorn, who defeated Woods head-to-head at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2001. "My good golf is good enough."


Bjorn has had other odd moments. Last year, he walked off the course at the European Open, saying inner demons had forced him away.


"I remember a couple of times in my career where I say, 'This is it, I'm going to take a break away from the game and get myself ready to play again,' " he explained. "I've been very successful doing that. It's not recommended to everybody, but that's the way I like doing it, and I'll keep doing that."


Love has not won a tournament in two years and had his greatest moment in professional golf at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., eight years ago, when he won the P.G.A. Championship.


On Saturday, he made birdie at Nos. 11, 13, 15 and 17 to chase down Mickelson. At 41, Love has fought through neck and back problems but found a workout regimen that, he says, has aided him during the difficult conditions of the tournament.


"I'm digging balls out of the rough that I wasn't able to and I'm hitting drives powerfully at the end of a round like I couldn't last year," Love said. "I've been remarkably calm."


Mickelson and Love said they looked forward to their final-round pairing Sunday.


They have been friends and rivals for years, teammates in international competition, and popular golfers from different parts of the country who have become crowd favorites in the area.


Mickelson is from San Diego, but he might as well have been raised in a New York borough. Love is from Sea Island, Ga., but never played better than he did in a long-ago week in New York.


"We're playing for the P.G.A. tomorrow, so friendship is aside," Love said. "But it'll be a good day."
 

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1080i & DD 5.1

Watching via WWJ-DT, CBS Detroit.

On most of the longer camera shots, you can see the haze hanging in the air.
 

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I'm getting no center channel audio on the PGA. Is that just a local thing or national? Also, that only seems to apply to the live feed. Voiceovers on set pieces are fine.
 

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Ha, I put up w/ it for an hour, and then finally post, and voila!, I have audio within seconds.
 

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Looks good here, WOIO-DT CBS Cleveland
 

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I'm getting no center channel audio on the PGA. Is that just a local thing or national? Also, that only seems to apply to the live feed. Voiceovers on set pieces are fine.
I am guessing you are watching from Louisiana...we know CBS monitors this board during big events, so it would help them help you if you would include the station you are watching and whether it is over the air, cable, or satellite...just a suggestion.
 

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Agreed with the SD cameras. I know I shouldn't but expecting 100% HD at a golf course but... ugh. (by the way, I'm not saying "oh CBS is so cheap they can't fill the course up with HD cameras" or anything. Just me thinking and hoping for a better future)


KBCI OTA from Boise for me. KTVB(NBC) and KTRV(FOX) are the only ones that currently provide 5.1, but overall it's been fun to watch, with a great picture when an HD camera shows up. Honestly, I'd rather be watching the Busch race on NBC, but there's another pesky rain delay, so this'll do.
 

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For newer HD viewers, the SD shots are all from the handheld cameras, which due to technical limitations are not HD at this time.
 

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Boy, the SD look like poo compared to the HD on my set.


I miss last year, when CBS had so many more HD cameras (it seemed) at the events...lik ethe memorial.
 

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Yikes! What was the rear right audio commotion?
 

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I heard that too when Jim Nantz was talking to Bjorn. What a mess
 

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Well, Comcast subs get the double-whammy here in Portland. First, no carriage of TNT-HD then, no carriage of the local emmis-owned CBS affiliate (KOIN) due to their spat over fees. Fortunately, I have kept my OTA setup and can enjoy the (partial) HD coverage. one problem since the start today has been an annoying audio lag of almost 2 seconds. But I still have to hand it to KOIN engineer Lee Wood who turns off their digital subchannel for major HD sporting events. I'm sure he's working on the audio - Lee?


If none of these guys still on the course does something on the back nine, Tiger's right back in it tomorrow!
 

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Yikes! What was the rear right audio commotion?
I caught that too. At first I thought my ceiling mounted surround speaker was about to be on the floor. Either that or an animal of some kind (rat or pigeon) had managed to get inside the walls of my apartment.

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SO far so good here. (CBS-DT Via Comcast 1080i 5.1 Boston MA)

Yea , the SD cameras are pretty bad but the hd shots are excellent. I thought i was seeing things after work seeing golf in widescreen on cbs.
 

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Really enjoying the HD coverage on*D. SD takes away from it, but nevertheless it is a real pleasure to watch.
 

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The first post has been updated with Saturday's results.
 

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Boy, the SD look like poo compared to the HD on my set.


I miss last year, when CBS had so many more HD cameras (it seemed) at the events...lik ethe memorial.
There seems to be 3 grades of cameras, the poo, the slightly better enhanced 16x9, then the real HD. Many of the handheld close-up shots are just not needed, they could simply stick with the stationary mounted HD, especially the spectacular wide views.

Wireless HD should not be too far off. The LA station channel 7 (DirecTV 87) can show HD live from a helicopter, so HD from the middle of a fairway should be just around the corner.
 

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There seems to be 3 grades of cameras, the poo, the slightly better enhanced 16x9, then the real HD. Many of the handheld close-up shots are just not needed, they could simply stick with the stationary mounted HD, especially the spectacular wide views.

Wireless HD should not be too far off. The LA station channel 7 (DirecTV 87) can show HD live from a helicopter, so HD from the middle of a fairway should be just around the corner.
HDTV Microwave has been a reality for about two years now. The system has a delay of about 1/3 second and requires significant bandwidth.


Integrating delayed signals with hard wired, non-delayed, signals and keeping the audio, video, etc all in sync is just not a reality at this time.


Obtaining enough bandwidth to run eight HDTV cameras simultaneously is also not a reality at this time.
 
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