There have been an incredible eight first-time major winners in the last nine major tournaments, with USA’s Jordan Spieth the only exception in the list.
The likes of Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and world number one Dustin Johnson have all grabbed their first major in recent times.
Could the trend continue into 2018? The rewards4golf team have picked out five names which we believe have the potential to grab their first major in the next 12 months.
The 23-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in golf, and reached a career high of world number four last month following his triumph in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
After winning the Farmers Insurance Open at the start of the year, Rahm has gone from strength to strength and was named the European Rookie of the Year after a number of fine performances in the Race to Dubai.
Yet to be amongst the contenders in the final stages of a major, many are predicting big things from the Spaniard and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him lifting one of the big prizes in 2018.
Arguably one of the best players ever not to win a major. The American star has regularly been in the final reckoning but is yet to come out on top after a number of near misses.
Back in 2014, Fowler tied for fifth at The Masters, before finishing second at both the US Open and The Open. He then ended an agonising twelve months with a third-placed finish at the PGA Championship.
A former world number one for 37 weeks, you get the feeling that if Fowler wins one, he could go to win several more.
Southport-born Fleetwood has enjoyed the best calendar year of his career so far. He clinched his second European title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship back in January, beating Dustin Johnson by one shot in the process.
A stunning fourth-placed finish at the US Open was followed by an impressive run of form which saw him come out on top in the Race to Dubai. Along with the ever-consistent Justin Rose, Fleetwood arguably represents his country’s best chance of major glory in 2018.
Matsuyama is one of the most consistent performers on the tour, and many feel it is only a matter of time before he wins one of the big ones.
In 2016, he recorded victories in the Japan Open and the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, known colloquially as ‘Asia’s major’. A second-placed finish at the US Open saw him reach a career-high number two in the world rankings.
After his breakthrough twelve months, Matsuyama will have aspirations of going one step further in the near future.
Casey reached number three in the world back in 2009 and after a relatively barren period, he showed signs of returning to his best form in 2017.
He seemed to save his best form for the big tournaments this year, with three top 15 finishes in four tournaments. The former Ryder Cup winner will be hoping to turn encouraging performances into more titles next year.
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