PGA Championship 2012: Final-Round Predictions for Tiger Woods and Top Stars
Rain delayed the start of the final round of the PGA Championship, but the tour's top stars will be ready to compete for the fourth and final major of the year.
Rory McIlroy heads into the final round with a three stroke lead at minus-7, but there are plenty of talented golfers that can catch the youngster.
The players will be physically and mentally fatigued as they head into the last 18 holes. The ones with the most endurance will be successful.
Here are some predictions for the top players in the final round.
Tiger Woods: Current (-2), Finish (-5)
Although he has been inconsistent in this tournament (and this year), Woods has more experience being in contention on the final day of a major then anyone else in the field.
Tiger has been very good so far this year. He has won three tournaments and had a respectable third-place finish in the Open Championship.
He also knows how to handle adversity when things are not going according to schedule, like the tournament play today.
Fans should expect a solid fourth-round score from Woods as he puts pressure on the rest of the competition. Once the rest of the players see his name climb up the leaderboard, focus goes out the window.
Adam Scott: Current (-3), Finish (E)
After bogeying the last four holes to lose the British Open, Adam Scott must be low on confidence. It is difficult to shake off a collapse like that, and it is certain to be in the back of his mind as he tries to finish strong in another major.
He has not performed well on the back-nine in the last two rounds, turning in a 38 on Friday and Saturday. Combine the tough course with the increased pressure on the final day, and we could be looking at another poor finish for the Australian.
Bo Van Pelt: Current (-3), Finish (-4)
It took three rounds, but it seems like Bo Van Pelt has finally figured out this course. He posted a 73 on each of the first two days, but had a near flawless third round when he shot 67.
The veteran has performed well lately, finishing in the top-10 in three of his last four tournaments, and he has the steadiness to continue that streak.
He might not have the ability to win the championship, but he will be near the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day.
Who Wins the PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy: Current (-7), Finish (-11)
This final day can go one of two ways for McIlory. Either he shoots well in the first few holes and keeps his confidence throughout the day to win the tournament easily, or he bogeys a couple in the beginning and falls completely out of contention.
Based on his performance so far, the former should happen and he should pull away from the field early on.
Last week's Bridgestone Invitational showed that he can finish a tournament strong, and the 2011 U.S. Open proved how good he can be when things are going well.
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