While the PGA Championship was a fun week for some—Jason Dufner winning the final major championship of the year—it wasn’t fun at all for other top golfers.
When play from Oak Hill Country Club in New York commenced on Thursday, everyone was hoping to see Tiger Woods win his 15th career major championship. But by the time Sunday rolled around, Tiger was far from the top of the leaderboard. His inability to win was easily the biggest letdown of the week at the championship.
Tiger had a few bad holes in the first round, which plagued him going forward. He bogeyed the par-five fourth and double bogeyed the par-four ninth. He did finish the round at just one over, but that still put him far from top contenders. Friday was a little better, but he was still at one over entering the weekend.
Saturday was a disaster for the top-ranked golfer in the world, as he bogeyed four holes and only birdied one of them. He signed his scorecard showing three over for round, putting him well out of contention heading into the final day at Oak Hill. It would’ve been virtually impossible to make a final-round comeback.
Tiger shot even par on Sunday to finish the championship at four over par. That was good enough to put him in a tie for 40th place, his worst finish at a major since the 2012 Masters—where he also tied for 40th. Tiger will now have to wait until the Masters next season to try to win his 15th major championship.
Aside from Tiger finishing far from the top of the leaderboard, here are a few other golfers who failed to impress this week at Oak Hill Country Club.
Lefty Shoots 12 Over
What in the world happened to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship? This was a guy many thought could be the first golfer since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back major championships. And what does Lefty do when he steps onto Oak Hill? He shoots a gentleman’s 12-over for the week.
Mickelson wasn’t even too far back entering the weekend. He didn’t play great on Thursday or Friday, but he was only at two over coming in Saturday’s third round. That’s where the wheels came completely off for the reigning Open champion. It was tough at times to even watch Mickelson try to make par.
Throughout the third round, Mickelson had a pair of birdies, five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys. Shooting eight over on the day isn’t going to help your cause, more often than not. He was two over on Sunday and finished tied for 72nd at the PGA Championship at 12 over for the tournament.
Finishing tied for 72nd was Mickelson’s worst finish at the PGA Championship since 2009. It was an embarrassing performance from Lefty, but it hopefully isn’t the start of a downhill trend. He was coming off of back-to-back great major outings. Here’s to hoping this week was just a fluke and that he’ll bounce back quickly.
Snedeker a Sunday Dud
When the major championships come around each year, we expect the best golfers in the world to play well and potentially come away with victories. Brandt Snedeker entered the PGA Championship as the No. 7 player in the world, according to PGATour.com. But he finished far from the top 10 this week at Oak Hill.
What’s crazy is that Snedeker wasn’t playing too poorly throughout the early parts of the championship. He shot even par on Thursday, but he was at three over entering the weekend. On Saturday, he shot even par again. Sure, he was still well behind the leaders, but it wasn’t a horrible couple of rounds of golf.
Sunday was, though. Snedeker was all over the place throughout the final round of the PGA Championship, making two birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey. He finished the championship at nine over par and tied for 66th place. That’s not how we’d expect a top-10 golfer to perform on one of the biggest stages of the season.
While Snedeker didn’t play his best at Oak Hill, he’s still one of the best golfers without a major championship on his resume. He’ll have to hope to shoot a lower score at the 2014 Masters. He finished tied for sixth at Augusta earlier this year. Maybe he’ll finally win his first major there next time around.
All statistics in this article were obtained via PGATour.com unless otherwise noted.