Players Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Zach Johnson and Stars Likely to Flop

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Players Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Zach Johnson and Stars Likely to Flop
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With the 2012 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in full swing, it’s time to see which players on the leaderboard will flop over the weekend.

As much as stars like Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood have the talent to win at TPC, the quality of talent and their previous history leads experts to believe that they will not maintain their pace.

All of the following players will be in a good position entering the weekend but will fail to make a serious run at a tournament win. Maybe next year.

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Zach Johnson

While Zach Johnson has remained a relatively quiet star his entire PGA career, he is making serious noise at this weekend’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Johnson enters the third day of the tournament in a three-way tie for first place, but there are doubts among many fans that he can hold onto that lead through the weekend.

As good as his 2012 has been, winning a tournament and finishing in the top 10 three times, there is little doubt that he will face his toughest career test in trying to hold on to his first-place spot.

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Lee Westwood

As good as Lee Westwood has been over the years, the pension for letting great rounds slip from his fingers will be magnified at the tough course of TPC Sawgrass.

If Westwood can shoot lights out Saturday, he may be able to trump the streak, but the odds are against him. If it was any course other than TPC, Westwood would be too hot right now to bet against.

With four top-five finishes in 2012, Westwood is playing excellent golf, but his history of blowing the final day just like he did when he shot a 74 in 2010 makes him a likely candidate to choke it away.

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Tiger Woods

While Tiger Woods made the cut, the odds of him staying towards the top of the leaderboard are unlikely. Recent struggles have continued into TPC, and Woods was frankly lucky to make the weekend.

As much as Tiger fans want to tell everyone that their favorite star has a chance as long as he is in a tournament, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

No one will be foolish enough to completely write off a player of Woods' caliber, but he is not the same man and not the same player he was just a few years ago.

Check back for more on Golf as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report’s Golf Page to get your fill of all things PGA Tour.

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