British Open 2012: Golfers Who Will Rebound at PGA Championship

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 23, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Phil Mickelson of the United States and his caddie Jim Mackay walk along the thirteenth 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 Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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There's no time to sulk.

Golfers who struggled at the Open Championship better get their act together because the PGA Championship is just over two weeks away.

For top-ranked players looking to grab a major championship, this will be their last chance before an eight-month hiatus. 

No pressure.

For what it's worth, Ernie Els' win at the Open followed a ninth-place finish at the U.S. Open, but Webb Simpson's U.S. Open win followed a 44th-place finish at the Masters. So, it's certainly plausible to come back from a nasty major performance to win the next one.

Let's take a look at some likely candidates to do just that. 


Webb Simpson

Speaking of the 26-year-old, this obviously wouldn't be a comeback after a poor performance, but because Simpson skipped the Open due to the birth of his second child, call it a comeback from potential rust.

Simpson has appeared in five majors in his career. He missed the cut last year at the PGA Championship and finished 44th earlier this year at the majors, but he also has a 14th-place finish, a 16th-place finish and, of course, a win.

That's not a bad track record for a young player like Simpson. 

If people forget about him because of his absence this week, they will certainly once again be reminded of his talent at Kiawah Island next month. 


Lee Westwood

Another major, another loss for Lee Westwood, who now has 58 major starts, two second-place finishes, 14 Top 10 finishes and zero wins to show for it all. 

And this one wasn't pretty.

After finishing in the Top 10 at the first two majors this year, expectations were high for the fourth-ranked golfer in the world. On his home soil, Westwood didn't live up to those expectations.

He shot even par on Friday, but all three of his other rounds were above par, resulting in plus-six for the tournament and a tie for 45th. 

Nonetheless, Westwood is too consistent and too accurate to not be in the mix at the PGA. 


Phil Mickelson

For the second-straight major, Lefty played like he was a righty. After an eight-over 78 on Friday, Mickelson missed the cut by eight strokes, finishing ahead of just nine other golfers.

Mickelson might never go back to England again.

Nonetheless, the PGA has been a comfortable tournament for the 42-year-old. He hasn't missed the cut there since 1995, the best streak for him at any major, he won in 2005 and he's finished in the Top 10 eight times.

The PGA Championship isn't quite like the Masters for Phil, but, you know, even with his recent struggles, he will always be in contention for the Wanamaker Trophy.