PGA Championship 2012: Stars Who Will Make Sunday Charge
As the PGA Championship moves into the final round Sunday, there are plenty of contenders in the hunt. One poor shot or an unfortunate bout of weather can make all the difference in deciding who wins and who loses.
The field is littered with stars who can make a climb up the leaderboard Sunday. Here are three that have a chance to pull off an upset.
Bo Van Pelt (-3)
After struggling in the first two rounds and shooting matching 73s, Van Pelt was one of the best on the course Saturday. He made five birdies without a bogey and went into the clubhouse with a 67.
Van Pelt's best finish in a major was tied for eighth in the 2011 Masters. If he can limit his errors like he did Saturday, Van Pelt can definitely make a run. He has 15 birdies through three rounds, but he also has a triple bogey, double bogey and countless other mistakes that have held him back thus far.
Steve Stricker (-2)
At 45 years old, Stricker has been on the pro tour since 1990, but has never won a major. His best finish was runner-up to Vijay Singh in the 1998 PGA Championship.
Stricker was +3 after shooting 74-73 in his first two rounds, but rebounded with a five-under 67 in the third to put himself in the mix Sunday. Currently four shots behind the leader, Stricker will have to play flawlessly on Sunday. But if he starts the front nine as well as he did in the third round—four birdies, no bogeys—he'll find himself in the hunt.
How will Tiger fare on Sunday?
Tiger Woods (-1 thru 7)
You can never count Tiger out of a tournament. Though he hasn't won a major championship since the U.S. Open in 2008, he is a four-time PGA Championship winner and can close a deficit faster than anyone on tour.
Woods was tied for the lead after 36 holes with a 69-71 start, but faded quickly with a poor third round. He was temporarily saved by the weather Saturday, finishing just seven holes with a terrible +3 start. He will have a chance to get back on track Sunday.
He finds himself five shots back of the leader, but he is certainly within striking distance. Known for his comeback ability in non-major events, Tiger has never won a major when trailing after 54 holes, which will likely be the case when he finishes his round.
But that won't make the leaders rest any easier, knowing he can make a Sunday charge at any moment.
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