British Open 2013: Golfers Who Must Rebound at PGA Championship
Most will remember the 2013 British Open for Phil Mickelson's remarkable comeback, but there are a number of golfers who will need to rebound at the PGA Championship, which tees off on Aug. 8, to make up for a disappointing finish at Muirfield.
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Which golfers need to rebound? Read on to find out.
Charl Schwartzel had an up-and-down tournament, although he did hit one absolute bomb on the 15th hole.
Other than that shot, though, Schwartzel was all over the place. He shot a 68 in the second round and a 71 in the final round. But he also scored a 75 in the opening round and a 76 in the third round. Those two rounds pushed him out of contention as he ended up finishing tied for 15th.
Schwartzel showed the kind of golfer he can be with his 68 on a tough course at Muirfield being pretty remarkable.
But to follow it up with a 76 in the third round is pretty disappointing. Schwartzel had six bogeys, one double bogey and just three birdies for the round.
His win at the Masters in 2011 proved that he can win on the big stage, so a rebound performance at the PGA Championship is not out of the question. With his powerful drives, anything is possible.
Consistency is the key for Schartzel. Building on his two good rounds at Muifield is a good way for Schwartzel to rebound going forward.
It started out so well for Johnson at the British Open. He fired a 68 in the first round and finished the round tied for fourth, just two strokes off the lead.
In the second round, Johnson carded a solid 72 and finished tied for second place, just one stroke back from the leader.
It all went downhill from there.
In the third round, Johnson shot a 76 to fall out of the top-10. In the final round, it was even worse, as Johnson had a 78, highlighted by five bogeys. He ended up finishing tied for 32nd at nine-over.
If anyone needs to move on from this tournament, it's Johnson.
Johnson is prone to these kind of disappointing and bewildering showings, as Rick Reilly of ESPN explained:
Johnson has more talent in his thumbs than most guys have in their whole bag, but he's not exactly Stephen Hawking. The heaviest reading he does is sprinkler heads. He's blown three Sunday afternoon leads in majors in the past three years, all by doing things so dumb it drops your IQ 10 points just to recall them.
Remember the U.S. Open at Pebble when he started swatting at his ball left-handed? How about the PGA at Whistling Straits, when he grounded his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole? The Open Championship at St. George's, when he hit an iron on 14 out of bounds?
Which Golfer is Most Likely To Rebound?
Johnson has seven career PGA tour wins, with his best finish at a major coming when he finished tied for second at the 2011 British Open.
But as Reilly said, Johnson is an incredible golfer. When he's on his game, there are not many who are better. The problem is, of course, that he's not always on his game. Lapses in concentration cost him big wins.
To get the stink of this tournament off of him, Johnson needs to rebound in the PGA Championship and play consistent golf for four rounds. If he does, he has a great shot of winning.
Of course, with Johnson, that's much easier said than done.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Miguel Angel Jimenez started the British Open great before faltering at the end. Jimenez was the leader after two rounds with rounds of 68 and 71.
He struggled badly in the third round, however, carding six bogeys, a double bogey and just two birdies.
In the fourth round, Jimenez shot a 73 to finish tied for 13th, five-over par.
Jimenez has never won a major and has only finished in the top-five twice in 56 appearances. In fact, he's missed the cut more times (18) than he's finished in the top-25 (17).
This could've been a great chance for him to finally get a major victory, but his third round performance was simply not good enough. On the biggest stages, Jimenez has yet to prove his worth.
A good performance at the PGA Championship, and perhaps a top-five finish, would be a great way for Jimenez to rebound and show that he can compete with the best golfers.
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