Heading into the final day of the 2012 PGA Championship, we have a mix of regulars and a few surprises at the top of the table. Rory McIlroy, coming off his second 67 of the tournament, rests in first place at seven-under with a three-stroke lead.
Adam Scott, who starts the day at three-under, hopes to reverse his recent Open Championship collapse. Tiger had a rough third round and is tied with Vijay Singh, Peter Hanson and American Steve Stricker. They are all five back.
Predicting the final round of a gold tournament is always difficult; it is as much about skill as it is mental fortitude. Regardless of the reason—be it weather, a few double-bogeys, or injury—it is inevitable that a few players will fall. The fact that Round 3 carried over into Sunday morning adds yet another variable to the equation.
Here’s a short list of golfers who are in danger of a letdown.
Trevor Immelman: Currently tied for third
The No. 130 player in the world has been one of the more consistent players this past week—he has had rounds of 71, 72, and 70—but is also the only one in the top five who has not had a round of at least four-under.
Immelman will need to be more aggressive on the final day if he wants to jump up to first, which has not been what got him to this point. His combined two-over on the back nine is also troubling.
Adam Scott: Currently tied for third
You’d hate to see it again from such a likable player, but Scott has shot his way into final day trouble. Scott could not avoid the Day 2 struggles that plagued much of the field in what was certainly an opportunity to push his recent troubles far out of his mind.
He looked nice yesterday, but had a very unimpressive two-over this morning to finish Round 3. Scott’s mind may be his biggest enemy now.
Vijay Singh: Currently tied for sixth
Vijay has not won a Major since 2004, but was in great position to change that heading into the final nine holes of the third round. Singh was at six-under through the first 45 holes. However, after a rain delay, everything went horribly wrong this morning despite ideal conditions. He finished three-over on the back nine.
Singh will need to recover quickly if he wants a chance at the title.