British Open 2012: Ernie Els and Stars Ready for PGA Championship

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Ernie Els of South Africa poses with the Claret Jug after winning the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 British Open wrapped up, the golf world has already begun looking forward to the next major on the calendar—the PGA Championship.

After his huge win, it will be no surprise when Ernie Els does well in August’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina for the 94th edition of the PGA Championship, but he isn’t the only one.

Players like Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker learned a lot from their Open Championship experience this year, and will use that to make a great showing at the final major of 2012.


Ernie Els

While tour veteran Ernie Els has proven that his golf career is far from over, the PGA Championship has never been the best event for the star.

With 20 career starts in this Major, Els has just five top-10s and no wins.

As much as the odds will be stacked against the South African again at Kiawah Island, his calm demeanor and ability to keep the ball on the fairway will have him in contention at this year’s PGA.

With a little help from the Claret Jug, Els looks to win back-to-back majors for the first time in his illustrious career.


Tiger Woods

While there is no question that he melted down on Day 4, Woods has many positives to build from coming out of the British Open.

Not only was the former ace making shots that were reminiscent of his career years ago, his confidence was through the roof. It looked like the old Tiger out on the course.

If Woods can look at the tape and realize that he is better off going out there and just playing his game very natural and very free, he will be back to a winning form and the Open Championship proved it.

Expect to see plenty of Tiger in contention at the PGA.


Brandt Snedeker

Don’t let the fact that Snedeker is a relative unknown fool you. He is a veteran of the tour and 31 years old. With a third-place finish at the Open Championship, he is red hot too.

For an overnight sensation, he sure is getting a late start, but hey, isn’t that what golf is all about anyway?

After having a nice start to the week and carrying that momentum into the weekend, this was the kind of invaluable learning time that is necessary to build a star. When the PGA championship finally gets here, watch for Snedeker to make a big splash again.


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