British Open Leaderboard 2012: Golfers Who Will Bounce Back in PGA Championship

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Bubba Watson of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the first tee during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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The British Open had its share of triumphant performances and extremely disappointing play. Golfers like Tiger Woods and Adam Scott will look to bounce back from disheartening Round 4 performances in the PGA Championship beginning August 9.

No one wants to underwhelm in two straight majors. Let's see who will rebound in this summer's final major event.

First, let's see how the leaderboard's Top 10 looked. 

*Results courtesy of

Place Player Score
1 Ernie Els -7
2 Adam Scott -6
T3 Tiger Woods -3
T3 Brandt Snedeker -3
T5 Luke Donald -2
T5 Graeme McDowell -2
T7 Nicolas Colsaerts -1
T7 Thomas Aiken -1
T9 Geoff Ogilvy E
T9 Miguel Angel Jimenez E

Bubba Watson

Watson finished tied for 23rd at two-over par. He played extremely well in Rounds 1 and 3, but failed to match that performance in the following round both times. 

Lacking consistency doesn't mean Watson played poorly. He failed to find his "good" swing on a regular basis, but he didn't completely flop. Watson seemed frustrated at times, but that shouldn't last. 

He's having an excellent year. This is just a hiccup. He won the Masters and finished in the Top 5 of four other tournaments this year.

Watson will rebound at the Kiawah Island Resort for the PGA Championship. He finished second in 2010 (albeit on a different course), and he won't be afraid of the big moment.

Watson is one of golf's biggest names at this point, and he doesn't want to suffer consecutive disappointments. 

Lee Westwood

Westwood still hasn't won a major. He finished tied for 45th and six-over par. 

Westwood wasn't consistent through four rounds in the British Open. He failed to perform up to expectations again, and he will continue his search in the PGA Championship.

Westwood didn't have one particularly bad round this weekend. He shot a 70-plus in all four rounds and never really smelled the top of the leaderboard. 

He's had success in the PGA Championship, but not since his third-place finish in 2009. I don't expect Westwood to win this summer's grand finale, but he will be in the mix for all four days.

Keegan Bradley

Last year's PGA Championship winner isn't having a tremendous year, but he hasn't been bad. His worst finish came in the US Open when he finished tied for 68th at 18-over par.

I expect him to rebound in two weeks. He finished tied for 34th at three-over par in the British Open. He certainly wasn't on top of his game, but there's some room for optimism. 

He shot a 68 in Round 3 and ripped off four straight birdies at one point. It was only brief, but it was a glimpse of his ability. 

Bradley's past success in the PGA Championship will translate this year. He's coming off a disappointing finish, but he's used to this Major's stage.


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