PGA Championship 2012: 4 Golfers Who Will Charge Up the Leaderboard

Zachary JamesCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2012

Adam Scott is one of four golfers who has a shot to climb the PGA Championship leaderboard.
Adam Scott is one of four golfers who has a shot to climb the PGA Championship leaderboard.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Mother Nature wanted to see extra golf on Sunday by suspending play due to inclement weather along the South Carolina coast on Saturday. That made 29 golfers finish their third rounds before heading back out to close out the tournament.

One of those golfers who was happy to see a sudden ending to play was Tiger Woods, and he has taken full advantage of early Sunday morning play. Along with Tiger, here are three other golfers who will climb the leaderboard on what should be a busy and entertaining final round of the PGA Championship.

The current leader heading into Sunday's play is Rory Mcllroy with an overall score of minus-7.


1. Tiger Woods (-2)

This is a golfer who we've all seen in this position before, only to roar back. Sure, that was the Tiger of old, but we're starting to see a couple hints of his pristine play.

Tiger birdied his first three holes of the morning on the back nine of the third round, but he did bogey at 17. He is within striking distance, tied for sixth. He hasn't gotten over the hump when trailing as of late. Maybe this is the day Tiger claims another major.

If there is one reason why Tiger won't make a climb, it'll be because of his third round. Tiger shot a 74 on Saturday/Sunday.


2. Carl Pettersson (-4)

Of everyone in the top 15, this guy had the best first round. That first-round 66 has put Pettersson in position to take a title back overseas with him. He did score a 74 on Friday, and without it, Rory Mcllroy would probably be looking up.

Pettersson doesn't have history or his resume to his advantage here—his best finish in this tournament is tied for 24th two years ago, and he only has five career PGA wins. The most recent one was in April at the RBC Heritage.

Maybe he could be the one who makes the steal in the tournament.


3. Adam Scott (-3)

Laugh all you want. There are two major differences between his fall a few weeks ago and this weekend—it wasn't on his home turf and he does not have the lead, which means he has little pressure.

He can play more freely and under the radar. Not many will give him a chance.

Scott may not have had the best round in the second round, but the third round was kind to Scott, as he found the green more frequently. 


4. Vijay Singh (-2)

Where has this guy been lately? Well, as of now, in the hunt to steal another major championship.

While the rain helped the golfer above, it did not do much good for Singh. Singh was tied for the lead before the rains came down.

Singh's play Sunday morning in the third round didn't help—four bogeys and a double-bogey.

Despite that, Singh is still in the hunt to win the championship. He just has to get a break or two in the afternoon session.