British Open 2012: 5 Golfers Poised to Make Noise on Final Day

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVJuly 22, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot 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 Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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With the third round of the British Open reaching a conclusion on Saturday, we have a new outlook on what to expect out of the tournament leaders during Sunday's final round. 

The final round of the tournament could result in mass celebration and hysteria if Tiger Woods can somehow win the 15th major of his career. If he falls short, then it will clear the way for a lesser-known golfer to finalize a career-best performance. 

Will golf's poster boy be able to finalize his career comeback and win a major, or will an unexpected hopeful complete the performance of a lifetime? 

Here are five golfers who are ready to make a splash in the final round.


Tiger Woods

While staring scandal and mass criticism in the face, Tiger Woods has been able to revive his golf career and put himself back into the spotlight. 

But before the comeback can truly be considered official, Tiger will have to win another major. 

Tiger has 14 major wins throughout his career, but he hasn't been able to get it done since his win at the U.S. Open in 2008. 

Woods entered the weekend six under and was able to peak at No. 2 on the leaderboard, but he is sitting in fourth (still at six under) and trailing Adam Scott (11 under) by a considerable amount.


Woods will need a great performance in the final round if he wants to seal the tournament, but that's what we expect from great athletes. 


Brandt Snedeker 

Brandt Snedeker entered the weekend 10 under and was sitting at the top of the leaderboard with a total score of 130, but a slight decline in the third round caused him to drop in the rankings. 

Snedeker, now tied for second, will have a chance to win the first major of his career with solid performance in the final round. 

It's possible that Snedeker will crack under the pressure, but considering he tied the course record when he shot a 64 during Round 2, he should be feeling comfortable with the course by the final round. 

He's certainly slipping, but another dominant performance by Snedeker could seal the tournament. 


Adam Scott

Adam Scott entered the weekend ranked No. 2 on the leaderboard at nine under and trailing only Brandt Snedeker. 


Before the weekend began, the first two rounds made it clear that Scott was in the midst of a career-best performance. And while many low-key golfers would've cracked by now, Scott only amplified his performance on Saturday and is now the top-ranked player of the tournament at 11 under.

Tiger Woods is charging at full speed, so if Scott wants to finalize a career-defining moment, then he'll need to outplay one of the game's best on Sunday. 


Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson put together a remarkable performance in the first round of the tournament after shooting a 65, but he leveled out in the second round with a modest score of 74. 

Johnson's second-round score was supposedly a sign that he was fading, but he came back in the third round with an impressive score of 66. 

We don't know which Johnson will show up in the final round. Will it be the guy who shot a 65 in Round 1, or will he experience another decline? 

If Johnson can repeat his success, then he'll end the tournament with an impressive Top 5 finish.


Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell did not have a juggernaut performance through the first two rounds, but he was able to stay relevant by shooting a 67 in Round 1 and a 69 in Round 2. 

McDowell has been able to remain consistent and piece together yet another solid outing after shooting two under in the third round. 

Now, McDowell is tied for second at seven under and is in a position to make a run and potentially win the tournament in the final round on Sunday.