PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Top Contenders Ready for Impressive Round 2

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PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Top Contenders Ready for Impressive Round 2
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The 2012 PGA Championship is through its first 18 holes, which means we have a better indication as to who will win the final major of the PGA Tour season.

Kiawah Island hasn't been all that much of a beast to the field as a whole, but you never know what we're going to see from a 7,500-plus yard course as the tournament pans out.

Some golfers expected to be hanging around the top are, while there are other surprises scattered amongst the field.

Here you'll find the top contenders ready to turn it up in Round 2 and shoot up the leaderboard.

 

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods started on the 10th hole in Round 1, and it didn't go too well for him. He went birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie on 12-15, but birdied four holes to finish out the round.

Toward the end of the day, it looked like Tiger was finally getting the hang of the course at Kiawah Island. 

Woods still has a lot of work to do, but he has been playing impressive golf as of late. He finished first at the AT&T National, missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, finished third at the Open Championship, eighth at the Bridgestone Invitational and now finds himself in 14th after one round of play.

Could this be the weekend that Tiger breaks his major-less streak? Only time will tell.

 

Louis Oosthuizen

The man with the greatest last name on tour, Louis Oosthuizen, didn't exactly own the course in South Carolina on Thursday, but he didn't let it own him either.

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Like Woods, Oosthuizen started on the 10th tee, and his first nine holes were not impressive. Three bogeys and a birdie had him at two-over before he was halfway finished with the round.

He bounced back though, and put himself in a good position heading into Round 2. He birdied five of his final nine holes and headed into the clubhouse with some pep in his step. Oosthuizen did bogey hole two, but he should turn in a great round on Friday.

 

Adam Scott

Adam Scott is currently four-under par, just two shots back of leader Carl Pettersson. Scott birdied five holes on Round 1, and it was just one bogey that kept him from entering Friday tied for second place.

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He has played very well in major championships this year. A eighth-place finish at the Masters, a 15th-place finish at the US Open and a runner-up effort at the Open Championship make it easy to get behind Scott at Kiawah Island.

Sometimes more than skill, major championships are more about momentum and confidence. Scott has shown that he is adept at coming up big in the clutch, so don't be surprised if he makes a run at the top in Round 2.

 

Top 10 Leaderboard

Place Player To Par
1 Carl Pettersson -6
T2 Gary Woodland -5
T2 Rory McIlroy -5
T2 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano -5
T2 Alexander Noren -5
T6 John Daly -4
T6 Geoff Ogilvy -4
T6 Keegan Bradley -4
T6 Aaron Baddeley
-4
T6 Adam Scott -4
T6 Three others tied -4

 

Here is a link to the overall leaderboard.

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