British Open 2012 Leaderboard: Players Who Will Struggle on Saturday

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Thomas Aiken of South Africa waits in a fairway 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 Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 21, 2012

Day 3 at major golf tournaments will separate the contenders from the pretenders.

The 2012 British Open has provided great moments from great players. It has been everything we expected in two rounds. But Saturday is where we will get a glimpse into who is serious about winning a major and who isn't.

Here are three players who will struggle on Saturday. 

 

Luke Donald

For a player who is labeled the best in the world, Luke Donald sure hasn't produced on the biggest stages in the sport.

It's like the best team in football never winning a Super Bowl—it's time to pass the torch if he fails all four times in 2012.

Donald is a great, consistent player, but he can't find the right buttons during major tournaments. He fails time and time again. Winning major tournaments is the only way we can judge Donald given his No. 1 status. But he continues to fail over and over again.

Expect the same result on Saturday.

Prediction: Donald will shoot one under, which will leave him nowhere near the top of the leaderboard. 

 

Adam Scott

Adam Scott stormed the field by shooting eight birdies in Round 1. His second round 67 was another quality performance.

But that hot streak won't continue on Day 3.

Scott's driving accuracy is 75 percent on the tournament—a number that is good but can improve. If he continues to shoot some miscues from the fairway, we could be looking at a player who struggles on the day.

Prediction: Scott will shoot one under, which will keep him afloat in the tournament, but find him behind the leader by a few strokes. 

 

Thomas Aiken

Thomas Aiken shot 68 two straight times, which has kept him somewhat in contention to make a push on Saturday.

However, he is only connecting on 54.8 percent of his fairways in the tournament—a number that won't keep him above par if he continues that direction.

Prediction: Aiken will see a consistent drop off Saturday. It will be one that realistically pushes him out of contention.

He will shoot even par. 

 

British Open Leaderboard, according to TheOpen.com

Player Score Thru
1. Brandt Snedeker -10 36
2. Adam Scott -9 36
3. Tiger Woods -5 1
4. Thorbjorn Olesen -5 1
T5. Paul Lawrie
-4 2
T5. Jason Dufner
-4 2
T5. Bubba Watson
-4 14
T8. Zach Johnson
-4 10
T8. Ernie Els
-4 3
T8. Matt Kuchar
-4 2

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