They may not have a major for now, but they’re getting there (Part 1)

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They may not have a major for now, but they’re getting there (Part 1)

With the final official world golf ranking issued and the 2010 spell ended, the list ends up with a fairly odd mixture of golfers. From young to old these golfers make up a competitive brawl of numbers and averages attained through Majors, world golf championship and various Invitational events.

However, the following paragraphs aren’t about who made it in, they are about how they made it in the list.

Masters and Majors make up a huge difference in rankings, however, a closer look at the top 12 brought out an interesting fact. Out of twenty players on the ranking list, only eight golfers held a Major victory while only four golfers out of the earlier stated held more than one Major. The 4 golfers are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Below is a list of golfers who will be charging the 2011 Majors for a first time victory.

Lee John Westwood:

Amusingly, the current world number one has not even a single major in hands.

Of course, if a golfer can overtake Tiger Woods and end the 281-week Tiger stretch with his victories, then he probably has the ability to grab a Major as well.

The 39-year-old golfer is thus in full form for the major however, critics state that the victory would only side with Westwood provided he remains consistent with his performances from the last two years.

The 1993 turned professional ended the 2010 US Masters and Open Championship as a runner up and grabbed third place at the Open Championship and PGA Championship. With a total of 33 professional wins, Westwood attained third place at the US Open in the year 2008.

Steve Stricker:

Then there’s the number 6.

The 43-year-old golfer is currently sixth at the top-ten cult of golf rankings and like the number one, has never won a single Major.

His best finish had been at the 1998 PGA Championship where the golfer grabbed a runner up place. Mr. September ended the 2009 Masters tournament at sixth place while the 2008 Open championship ended with a tied place seventh.

Nonetheless, Stricker has the reputation of being one of the most reliable and sensible golfers on the fields and given the normal consistency he holds, a major might not be too far away from our Mr. September.

Miguel Angel Jimenez:

Jimenez had been like an unstoppable hurricane this spell but when it came to majors, his form gave away too.

The Mechanic grabbed three wins this year and thus added his name in the consistency panel. His best finish at a major has been at the 2000 U.S Open where he ended as a runner up while a year after that the 46-year-old grabbed a third place at the Open Championship. The Spaniard has finished 7 times in the top ten of Major tournaments and has missed 5 cuts in total.

Given the statistics, it obviously becomes hard to vouch for a win from the 46-year-old but like Stricker, his consistency and determination speaks from itself.

Rory McIlroy:

The 21-year-old golfer stepped into the limelight when many golfers would only dream about it.

The Irishman turned professional in the year 2007 and since then he his game been near to a whirlwind of victories. McIlroy has finished 4 times in the top-ten cult of the Majors and recorded a tied third position after the Open Championship and the PGA Championship of 2009 and 2010.

He has a total of 2 professional wins till now and considering McIlroy’s efforts, he might be grabbing a major in the coming 12 months.


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