British Open Leaderboard 2012: Golfers That Will Make Strong Push on Saturday

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 21, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Tiger Woods of the United States plays a bunker shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Round 3 at a major golf tournament will either make you or break you.

Saturday's Round 3 at the 2012 British Open will break many, but these three will rise to the occasion.

Tiger Woods

Maybe Tiger Woods is back...

I know we hear it all the time and it's getting pretty sickening, but maybe.

He won't be officially back until he wins a major tournament and he won't win the British Open if he doesn't put on a quality performance Saturday.

Sitting at six-under, Woods is in perfect position to storm the top-two dogs in the competition with a solid Round 3 performance.

Unlike many of Woods' past major tournaments, consistency in his swing has been there throughout. He's shot 67 twice in a row including only recording two bogeys in the tournament.

Why is that? His driving accuracy is 92.9 percent, a number that is through the roof for Woods which is why he will have a great opportunity to be on top of the leaderboard after Round 3.

Consistent golf provides a consistent swing and Woods is realizing that he is in contention to win another major because of his driving accuracy.

Prediction: Woods shoots five-under

Graeme McDowell

With Woods ahead of McDowell by two shots, not many are talking about the 32-year-old player from Northern Ireland.

McDowell has been up-and-down through two rounds, but he has produced nine birdies while only hitting the fairway 71.4 percent of the time.

Saturday will be an important day for McDowell—it will tell fellow golfers and fans whether or not he's a serious contender.

If he can hit more of the fairway he will be a contender.

Prediction: McDowell shoots four-under

Jason Dufner

American Jason Dufner finds himself in a nice position heading into the final two days of the tournament. He's currently sitting in fifth place at four-under.

He finds himself in that position despite two double bogeys in the opening round. If he didn't under-perform on hole 13 and 15 in the first round, Dufner would be in serious contention to win the British Open.

Dufner has yet to produce a bogey. His only two mistakes have been 13 and 15, but his consistency on the other holes is what has kept him afloat in this tournament.

Prediction: Dufner shoots four-under

British Open Leaderboard, according to

Player Score Thru
1. Brandt Snedeker -10 36
2. Adam Scott -9 36
3. Tiger Woods -6 36
4. Thorbjorn Olesen -5 36
T5. Bubba Watson
-4 12
T5. Paul Lawrie
-4 36
T5. Matt Kuchar
-4 36
T5. Graeme McDowell
-4 36
T5. Jason Dufner
-4 36
10. Thomas Aiken
-4 36