PGA Championship 2013: Golfers to Watch Out for This Weekend

Nate Levinson@@NateLevinsonCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2013

Webb Simpson
Webb SimpsonStuart Franklin/Getty Images

The 2013 PGA Championship is underway at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, and with at least two rounds left to play, the lead is still very much up for grabs.

Adam Scott is currently the leader at seven under, but there are a number of golfers within striking distance.

Here's a look at three golfers who could win the tournament with a strong showing this weekend.


Webb Simpson

The winner of the 2012 US Open, Webb Simpson got off to a rough start in this tournament, shooting a two-over 72 on Thursday.

He more than made up for it on Friday, however, shooting a 64 that included seven birdies.

Simpson came out firing from the start, as he birdied four of the first six holes.

The performance puts him just three strokes back of Scott for the lead and places him in prime position to make a run over the weekend.

The fine effort marks a big change for the 27-year-old American, as he missed the halfway cut at each of the previous two PGA Championships.

"Nothing was easy," he told the Los Angeles Times' Diane Pucin and David Wharton on Friday, but it was hard to tell in watching him play.

He finished one stroke shy of the course record and will be a golfer to look out for this weekend.


Martin Kaymer

The 28-year-old has put himself on a short list of golfers to look out for this weekend after shooting a 68 in each of the first two rounds at Oak Hill.

On Thursday, Kaymer hit what will likely be the best shot of the tournament on hole No. 13.

As shown on, the German's third shot on the par five went straight in the cup, giving him a spectacular eagle.

Kaymer's first round was marked by inconsistency, as he birdied four holes and eagled one, but also bogeyed four holes.

Friday was a different story, though, as he parred each of the first 14 holes and then birdied Nos. 15 and 16 before parring the last two to finish at two strokes under par for the day.

If Kaymer can continue his strong play over the weekend, he could win the PGA Championshipjust as he did in 2010.


Matt Kuchar

After shooting a 67 on Thursday and recording birdies on two of his first seven holes on Friday, Kuchar sits at five under and is just two shots back of the lead.

The 35-year-old has seven top-10 finishes this season and is well on his way to another one with his strong play early in this tournament.

Kuchar has still yet to bogey a hole in the early going.

If he can continue to play mistake-free golf, it would be no surprise to see him take home the championship trophy on Sunday.

He won The Memorial Tournament on June 2, so he's been playing well of late too.

Kuchar is definitely a player to look out for at the PGA Championship this weekend.