Americans in Control of the Majors

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Brooks Koepka at the US Open

The Americans are on a roll right now when it comes to the major championships, as the world’s best golfers prepare to make their way to Northern Ireland, for this month’s Open at Royal Portrush.

As things currently stand, following June’s US Open at Pebble Beach, nine of the last 10 majors have been won by players from the United States. Only Francesco Molinari’s victory at Carnoustie last July has denied the USA a clean sweep during the past 25 months.

This represents quite a run for Uncle Sam’s men, not witnessed since the early 1980s, when the Masters victory of Seve Ballesteros in April 1983 prevented the US from claiming 12 major successes in a row.

But back then there were nowhere near as many non-Americans challenging for top golfing honours as there are today – so that was only to be expected.

However, thanks to the relentless success of Europe in the Ryder Cup, not to mention the continuous flow of top South Africans and Australians, along with the emergence of excellent golfers from Asian countries such as Korea, India, China and Thailand, as well as South America, golf’s map of world talent has changed considerably in recent decades.

Yet, all of a sudden, the Americans appear to have reasserted their control over the sport’s most coveted titles.

And if you examine the World Ranking, then maybe this should come as no surprise – with 10 of the top 14 players on July 1st, 2019 being American, something Paddy Power‘s betting odds for Royal Portrush reflect.

So who are the USA’s top 10 players heading into The Open Championship later this month?

  1. Brooks Koepka: Winner of four majors in just 24 months, he is now top of the World Ranking. He also already has two runner-up finishes (Masters & PGA) to his name during 2019.
  2. Dustin Johnson: Winner of the 2016 US Open, plus he has come second four times in majors.

  1. Tiger Woods: After almost 11 years without a big title, Woods collected his 15th major at Augusta National in April. He turns 44 in December.
  2. Justin Thomas: His form has dipped a little of late but he’s expected to add to his PGA Championship success of 2017. He had posted nine victories on the PGA Tour before his 26th birthday.
  3. Bryson DeChambeau: He won four times on Tour during his breakthrough season of 2018, but is yet to finish inside top-10 of a major. At 25, though, has many years ahead of him.
  4. Patrick Cantlay: The 27-year-old broke into the world’s top 10 with a victory at Muirfield Village in early June. This followed his tie-for-third at the PGA Championship a few weeks earlier.
  5. Xander Schauffele: A four-time winner on the PGA Tour who has played well in majors during the past 12 months (2nd in The Open & Masters; 3rd in the PGA Championship).
  6. Gary Woodland: Winner of the recent US Open at Pebble Beach. Although an unlikely champion, he has quietly made his way up the World Ranking in recent years.
  7. Matt Kuchar: At 41, Kuchar is one of the older players in the world’s top 20. He’s a nine-time winner on Tour, with a best major finish of second at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
  8. Rickie Fowler: The nearly man of recent years, with top-three finishes in all four majors but, as yet, no victory.

 

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