Golfers Most Desperate to Win 1st Major Championship in 2014

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Golfers Most Desperate to Win 1st Major Championship in 2014
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With a single Masters victory, Adam Scott elevated from underachiever to national hero this past April. A couple months later, Justin Rose went from bust to breakout with his U.S. Open triumph. At the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner transformed from Twitter sensation to established golf champion almost overnight.

Such is the power of winning a first major championship regardless of the stature and status of the golfer that achieves it. Like a holy grail of sorts, claiming one of golf’s signature events can wash away years of frustration and failure or validate careers that seemed far from great just hours before.

Just as Scott, Rose and Dufner have been elevated by their major accomplishments, there's a host of talented, motivated and even desperate golfers hoping to walk in their footsteps in 2014.

Veterans like Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are running out of time. Underachievers such as Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter are searching for redemption. There are also golfers like Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar who are entering their prime and eager to legitimize their rise.

Whatever the motivation, here are the 10 golfers most in need of a career breakthrough in 2014 and what it will take for them to realize their major ambitions.

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