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W2W4: Round 3 at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Now things start to get serious as the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial moves to Round 3. Here's some key things to watch:

* Jim Furyk, tied for 17th place at 2-under, said the greens have been extremely "soft and receptive" in the first two rounds and that the fairways are "lush and greener" than in some years past, which is why the leaderboard is stacked with low scores. He said the grounds crew has had to keep the greens soft because of the gusty winds the first two days and he wonders if the wind dies down and the greens brown out some if scores will reflect the faster surface and go up. The forecast calls for winds to be steady at 20 mph - 30 mph today, but to be fairly calm Sunday at about 15 mph and with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Tournament leader Jason Dufner (11-under) continues his quest to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1946 to win both Dallas-Fort Worth tournaments in the same season. Dufner won the HP Byron Nelson last week. He is also trying to become only the 15th golfer to win both tournaments at any time. Dufner tees off at 12:50 p.m. and will be paired with Zach Johnson (9-under).

* Speaking of Johnson, not only is he targeting the lead today, he will also look to extend his consecutive rounds in the 60s at Colonial. After Thursday's 64 and Friday's 67, he's up to 14 in a row.

* John Daly somewhat surprisingly made the cut for only the second time in the last seven tries, so he sticks around Fort Worth for another two days and there's nothing wrong with that. On Friday, Daly (T21st at 1-under) wore a crazy pair of orange-and-black swirl pants with a bright orange shirt (you can identify his girlfriend because she's the one wearing the matching shorts). No telling what he'll (they'll) have on today. Daly was looking pretty good until he bogeyed No. 14 and No. 15, part of a three-bogey, four-birdie Round 2. He tees off at 10:44 a.m., paired with Sergio Garcia.

* If you don't mind a pack of wildly dressed teenage boys (a bit of an exaggeration) joining the gallery, check out 23-year-old phenom Rickie Fowler (4-under). He's in contention, just seven shots back. If you're navigating the course, he's the one wearing the electric Puma ensemble. He tees off at 12:20 P.M.

* An interesting story is Tommy Gainey, who is tied for third at seven-under. The South Carolina native appeared in 2005 on the Golf Channel's "Big Break vs. Europe" and "The Reunion," sort of the golf reality TV equivalent to Dallas Cowboys receiver Jesse Holley getting a training-camp invite off of Michael Irvin's reality TV show a few years back. Gainey, 36, is the first Big Break alumnus to earn a PGA Tour card. He is looking for his first career win. He tees off at 12:40 p.m. in the second-to-last pairing, playing alongside Bo Van Pelt.