Let the 19th hole chatter begin.
Seven major championships will be conducted in the next 11 months, barring further postponements due to COVID-19. The major stretch begins this week with the first major of 2020, the tournament formerly known as “Glory’s Last Shot,” the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
The abundant majors in such a short period of time provides ample opportunity for fans to debate who is the best player never to have won a major and deliberate over who will become the next player to win his first major.
The best player never to win a major has been a double-edged tag over the years, to some an annoying attachment next to their logoed wardrobe, to others a dose of praise despite not having a major triumph on the resume.
Curtis Strange heard about it before he won the U.S. Open in back-to-back years. Ben Crenshaw, Payne Stewart, Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Davis Love III and Adam Scott all got an earful before joining the major fraternity.
Phil Mickelson finally left the conversation when he leaped for joy in the 2004 Masters, snapping a frustrating 0-for-42 stretch as a pro. Sergio Garcia ended his 0-for-73 futility in majors at the 2017 Masters. Dustin Johnson’s name stopped coming up with his win in the 2016 U.S. Open, as did Henrik Stenson’s a month later at the Open Championship.
Recent play in the majors offers optimism for those looking to crack the major equation – 10 of the most recent 16 majors have been won by first-timers. Leading into the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship, with the massive Wanamaker Trophy awaiting the victor, here are 10 of the best players in the world who could break their major maiden at TPC Harding Park.