British Open 2012: Players Who Will Perform Better at PGA Championship

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 23, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Phil Mickelson of the United States walks off a tee 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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And then there was one tournament.

Ernie Els captured his fourth major championship Sunday winning the 2012 British Open. Now it's on to the next and last major tournament of 2012.

With the PGA Championship a little less than a month away, let's take a look at some golfers who will perform much better at that event compared to this past weekend.

Phil Mickelson (Missed cut)

What in the world happened to Phil Mickelson? Either he's finishing in the top 10 or he's missing the cut. There is really no middle ground right now for Lefty. 

A first-round 73 and second-round 78 sent him packing this past week. It was a course (with possible weather conditions) that was supposed to favor Mickelson. It didn't work out that way.

He hardly hit the fairway, connecting on a 42.9 percent clip. Mickelson can look at his fairway percentage to explain why he missed the cut.

In order to receive better results at the PGA Championship and other tournaments, Mickelson must get off to a nice start on the tee.

He will turn it around before the end of the year if he can get that straightened out. 

Lee Westwood (+6)

Lee Westwood's six-over par performance at The Open Championship was disappointing. He has still yet to win a major tournament, but there is still another opportunity on the table.

Westwood has played well over the years at the PGA Championship. He has finished in third place twice in his career, 2008 and 2011. 

With a poor performance on his mind from this weekend's tournament, Westwood will be looking to put forth a quality effort in mid-August. He'll do just that. 

Bubba Watson (+2)

Bubba Watson was hanging around for a while at The Open Championship before falling off the ladder. A fourth-round 74 took him from having an outsiders chance to over par.

Watson is a different type of player in 2012. No longer is he the guy with no pedigree behind him; he's a guy with a major championship to boot.

He has six top-10 finishes including his major championship.

Watson will bounce back in a big way at the PGA Championship.