British Open 2013 Leaderboard: Disappointing Golfers Who Will Rebound Quickly

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2013

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the green after finishing the second round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 19, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The British Open for 2013 proved to be quite an exciting one, but the course at Muirfield gave many golfers there headaches.

In fact, it stymied many of the best golfers in the world, as shown by the final leaderboard:

Some of the best golfers, like Rory McIlroy, struggled mightily, however, there are a number of golfers who will be able to rebound from their rough outings at the British Open and should turn their efforts into strong showings at the PGA Championship and beyond.

Here is a look at which golfers will rebound the fastest. 


Rory McIlroy

It's been a rough 2013 for McIlroy. 

After winning the PGA Championship in 2012, McIlroy finished tied for 25th at the Masters and tied for 41st at the U.S. Open.

It got worse at the British Open, where McIlroy missed the cut, hitting more than double the amount of bogeys than he had birdies.

So what happened? McIlroy offered a possible explanation to the BBC:

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking around out there a bit unconscious. It's so brain dead. I feel like I've been walking around like that for the last month. It's being fully focused on each and every thing. It's something I've never experienced before.

McIlroy has yet to win a tournament in 2013 and he has looked lost in most of them.

That said, he's due for a rebound. He's simply too good. Every golfer struggles, even the great ones, but McIlroy has shown too much promise for his struggles to turn into a long-term problem.

The PGA Championship has been kind to McIlroy in the past. He won it last year after missing the cut at the U.S. Open and finished 25th at the British Open.

He has been in this situation before and he responded by winning the 2012 PGA Championship by eight strokes.

He may not win this year's tournament by eight strokes again, but McIlroy is due for a rebound performance and it will happen at the PGA Championship.


Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar has had a really good year, but you wouldn't know it from his British Open performance.

Kuchar has two wins this year—at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament—and finished tied for eighth at the Masters.

At the British Open, however, Kuchar finished at six-over. He had 14 bogeys and only 10 birdies.

It may have been just a blip though, as Kuchar has been one of the most consistent golfers all year. Muirfield proved to be a tough course all week, which suggests that his performance was due to the difficulty of the course, not to a decline in skill.

Look for Kuchar to rebound with a big performance at the PGA Championship. He's been too consistent for most of the season for his disappointing performance in East Lothian, Scotland, to become a trend. 


Boo Weekley

Boo Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational over Kuchar, but had a really bad performance at the British Open where Weekley finished at 12-over par, hitting 13 bogeys and just nine birdies.

Still, he's due for a rebound. 

Weekley's best professional performance came at the PGA Championship in 2007, where he finished tied for ninth place.

While the British Open as a whole was rough for Weekley, there was some sliver of hope. His third-round performance was pretty good, as he shot a 71 and hit 14 pars.

If he can build on that performance, he'll put in a good showing at the PGA Championship.