Three golfers aiming to join first-time Major winners' circle

American Rickie Fowler signing autographs for fans during a practice round ahead of this week's PGA Championship.
American Rickie Fowler signing autographs for fans during a practice round ahead of this week's PGA Championship.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

England's Danny Willett, American Dustin Johnson and Sweden's Henrik Stenson have all won their maiden Major titles this year.

It has been the year of breakthroughs and Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood must be wondering if it will be their turn to leave the list of "best yet to win a Major" at this week's PGA Championship.

RICKIE FOWLER (USA), 27

•World ranking: 7

•Best PGA C'ship finish: T3 (2014)

He has played some quality golf in the first four months of the year, including a stretch of five top-10 finishes in seven tournaments. There is consistency but it is a big task to rise all the way to the top at a Major. However, never write off what Fowler can do.

SERGIO GARCIA (ESP), 36

•World ranking: 10

•Best PGA C'ship finish: 2nd (1999, 2008)

He owns a total of 12 top-fives in Majors, including two runners-up finishes at the PGA Championship. Garcia is on good form in his past three starts - AT&T Byron Nelson (won), US Open and British Open (both tied fifth).

LEE WESTWOOD (ENG), 43

•World ranking: 39

•Best PGA C'ship finish: T3 (2009)

Westwood has 18 top-10 finishes in Majors in his 23-year career. He came close to winning his first Major when he tied for second in the Masters in April. Westwood also has six top-three placings in Majors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2016, with the headline 'Three golfers aiming to join first-time Major winners' circle'. Print Edition | Subscribe