Deutsche Bank Championship 2012: Five Golfers Who Pose a Threat to Tiger Woods

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIISeptember 1, 2012

NORTON, MA - AUGUST 31:  Tiger Woods looks on during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on August 31, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship took off on Friday, August 31, and will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday's conclusion.

As the first round wrapped up, the leaderboard had a familiar contender sitting near the top. 

Tiger Woods has been able to rebound in 2012 and to frequently threaten the top stop in tournaments, but he has also made a theme out of struggling during the weekend portion of tournaments. 

The Deutsche Bank Championship hasn't been an exception thus far. Wood enters Saturday, tied for third at seven under par, and will look to maintain his score throughout the weekend. 

As Woods attempts to shed his reputation as a weekend choker, he'll need to outplay a handful of competitors who pose a real threat. 

Here are five golfers who have a shot at devastating Woods this weekend. 


Chris Kirk

The 27-year-old Chris Kirk has three professional wins since becoming a pro in 2007, but he hasn't put together a victory since 2010. 

Kirk scored a 32 on the back nine to give him a score of 63 in the first round, which ties his PGA career best score for a single round. 

In order to truly give Woods fits, Kirk will be required to maintain a level of production that he's not really used to. 

Regardless, Kirk is someone to keep an eye on this weekend. 


Phil Mickelson 

In 2007, Phil Mickelson won the Deutsche Tournament with an impressive final score of 16 under par, which was enough to upset runner-up Tiger Woods by two strokes.

During that tournament, he scored 70 in the first round and picked up intense momentum in the final rounds. This year, he scored a 68 in the first round, so he's off to an even better start than his 2007 performance. 

Mickelson is currently tied for 17th, despite a solid opening round score, so there's still work to be done. 

Either way, it's hard to ignore someone who has 40 career PGA wins. 


No Seung-yul

The 21-year-old No Seung-yul is still looking for his first PGA win, and thanks to his incredible opening round performance, he has a legitimate shot at making that happen. 

Seung-yul shot a 62 in round one and is alone at the top of the leaderboard at nine under par. 

A lack of big stage experience will almost certainly hurt him and result in a decline, but the current tournament leader cannot be discounted. 


Charley Hoffman

Charley Hoffman has past success at the Deutshe Bank Championship, which makes his score of 67 in round one more than enough to give himself a shot at victory this weekend. 

At four under par, Hoffman is tied for 10th and is off the radar for the most part, which could allow for a slingshot to the top if he can repeat his 2010 Deutsche Bank performance and repeat a victory. 

Hoffman shot 22 under par during the 2010 tournament, and while that will be difficult to match, we cannot ignore his past success on the course. 


Rory Mcllroy 

Rory Mcllroy has had a solid year in 2012, which includes wins at The Honda Classic and the PGA Championship. 

His PGA Championship victory and fifth-place finish at WGC-Bridgestone—both less than a month ago—indicated that Mcllroy is zoned in at the moment and that he could make some serious noise at the Deutsche Bank Championship. 

He's currently tied for sixth at six under par and finished the first round with an impressive score of 65. 


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