British Open 2012: Leaders Who Will Disappear at PGA Championship

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 23, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 22:  Adam Scott of Australia reacts to a missed par putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The 2012 British Open ended with a spectacular round of play on Sunday, leaving fans desperate for the start of the PGA Championship.

The final day at Royal Lytham was simply unbelievable. From seeing Tiger Woods chip out of a bunker on his knees to watching Ernie Els kiss the trophy, it was a great day for golf. The next time we'll see anything like what we saw at the Open Championship will be the PGA Championship.

However, these leaders won't be much of a factor when that day rolls around.

After great performances that landed them in the Top 10 at Royal Lytham these guys will all fall back and disappear during the PGA Championship.


Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker was in contention during the entire British Open, and was even the field leader heading into the weekend.

Unfortunately for him, he posted a score of four over on the last day, and finished at three under on the event, tied for third with Tiger Woods.

Snedeker just needed to maintain par to force a playoff for the title in retrospect, but he struggled on the last day.

He is not a very well-known golfer because he often struggles at Majors, and I think his exceptionally poor driving and power will hold him back at the PGA Championship.


Nicolas Colsaerts

After posting an impressive five-under 65 on the first and last days of competition, Nicolas Colsaerts made up for two poor rounds on Friday and Saturday, and finished at one under par for the tournament.

Thanks to his comeback, he finished tied for seventh with Thomas Aiken for the tournament, but I don't see him enjoying anywhere close to that level of success at the PGA Championship.

He has not had much experience in his career, and while he has had some good tournaments, he's also struggled at others.

Right now, Colsaerts is too streaky to master the PGA Championship, and I think having two or three bad rounds will kill his chances.


Adam Scott

Poor Adam Scott had a rough Sunday afternoon at Royal Lytham. After boasting a four-stroke lead over Ernie Els heading into the last four holes it looked like he would need to suffer an epic collapse to lose.

That's exactly what happened.

Scott bogeyed each of the last four holes, while Els birdied the 18th for his second British Open title.

Scott could only watch as Els lifted the trophy that looked like it was bound to be his, and this disappointment ended his Open Championship.

Next up is the PGA Championship, and Scott won't be able to imitate the success he enjoyed at Royal Lytham.

His putting and short game were poor this weekend, and he will need to improve to do better at a Major Championship. I don't think he can pull it out here, and we may have seen the end of Scott's 30 seconds of fame.