Tiger Woods Will Fall Short in the British Open After His Strong Start

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIJuly 21, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 21, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods had a great start to the 2012 British Open but in the end, he will end up as the second best golfer in the tournament this year. Tiger opened the third round at six under and was surging towards a lead in the tournament.

However, the day opened with Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott in the lead at 10 under and nine under, respectively. Woods has continued his surge into day three after some early hiccups this morning. He hit two bogeys to start off the third round but has since brought his score back down to seven under. 

Adam Scott is the biggest competition though. Scott currently holds a five stroke lead over the venerable Woods. He started very quickly shooting six under in the first round and three under in the second round to put him in striking distance. Brandt Snedeker has fallen apart today giving Scott sole possession of the lead.

Tiger has had one of the best weeks in golf so far and he should be. Woods has to be happy with his performance so far though and was quoted by the Associated Press (h/t Boston Herald):

"I’m very pleased where I’m at," said Woods, who was 6-under 134 after two straights 67s. "We’re at the halfway point and I’m right in the mix."

He should be pleased as he is turning in one of his best performances of the year. However, he needs to have multiple people falter including Graeme McDowell and current leader Adam Scott, as well as shoot extremely well himself in order to win the Open on Sunday.

Tiger is going to need something short of miraculous in order to win the British Open this year. However, it's not looking likely as Tiger is still at least three shots behind the Aussie and will stay there for most of tomorrow as long as Adam Scott continues on his current path.



Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and the host of Kvetching Draftniks Radio.