Winning a major golf championship comes down to a lot more than talent. Other factors such as timing, location and even luck play a significant role in career-defining victories played out on the largest of stages and against the most challenging of fields. Those “X-factors” are a big reason why certain players own major championships and others live in a seemingly never-ending search for that breakthrough victory.
As the International stage of golf transitions from the Tiger, Phil, Vijay and Els era, a number of established, up-and-coming and “why is it taking so long” golfers are searching for their first shot at glory’s most elusive one—at least as it applies to them. Yet recent history tells us first-time winners are more likely than the repeat variety, so here are 10 of the more likely to join golf’s elite as major championship winners.
Only four can win so there are no guarantees, but if a first-timer is coming, it’s a good bet it will be from this list.
All career finish statistics via PGA Tour player profile pages.