PGA Championship 2012: Top Golfers Who Are Already out of Contention

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PGA Championship 2012: Top Golfers Who Are Already out of Contention
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The opening round of the PGA Championship got off to its usual rousing start on Thursday. Rory McIlroy looked near perfect, Tiger is lurking just three strokes off the lead, several lesser known golfers are in the top twenty and, most surprisingly of all, John Daly posted a score of 4-under par to earn him a tie for fourth place. 

As happens in every major, several of the top golfers in the world, some who were among the very favorites to win at Kiawah, turned in uncharacteristically terrible performances on Thursday and are in danger of missing the cut. These golfers found themselves bogeying and even double-bogeying far too often, and nearly all had a terrible time on the difficult third hole.

Here is a look at six of the best golfers in the world, each who played so poorly on Thursday that they have virtually no shot of contending for the title at the PGA Championship, and instead will have to play outstanding golf in the second round just to make the cut and survive to play on Saturday.

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