The 2017/18 golf season is well underway, and focus will soon turn to the four Major Championships, which are the tournaments that mean the most to the players and are the competitions which they are judged upon when they do decide to retire from the sport.
Here is a look at who is the most likely to win each Major in 2018.
Former world number one Rory McIlroy needs just the US Masters to complete the Career Grand Slam in golf as he has already captured the US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship. The Northern Irishman is coming into form at exactly the right time for a strong charge at Augusta to take the Green Jacket at the end of the four days in Georgia.
McIlroy has made a lot of adjustments in the last 12 months including a change of clubs and the parting of his caddie. With all the distractions now dealt with, he can concentrate on golf again in 2018 so expect him to be right at his best in the Masters where he is the man they all have to beat in April.
Brooks Koepka really made a name for himself as the US Open in 2017 where he won his maiden Major Championship crown at Erin Hills. The young American looks to have a huge future in the game and it would be no surprise to see him defend his title at Shinnecock Hills,a golf course which should suit his game perfectly.
Koepka will represent the United States at the Ryder Cup once again in September and what was most impressive about his victory in the second Major of the year in 2017, was the way he closed it out on the back nine on the Sunday. He was very composed and able to gain shots over his rivals to break away from the congested pack before completing the win.
Justin Rose first played at his home Major in 1998 where, as an amateur, he finished in a tie for fourth place at Royal Birkdale. Since then, the 37-year- old has won a gold medal at the Olympics and was successful in the 2013 us open at Merion.
Unfortunately for the British player, though, he has been unable to lift the Claret Jug in the Open Championship. Rose isone of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour so he has to be on your shortlist to double
his Major tally in the near future and that comes at the 2018 Open.
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It is surely only a matter of time before Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is a Major Championship winner. The 25-year- old is up to number two in the world rankings now after a brilliant campaign last season.
The two-time World Golf Championship was in contention in the US PGA Championship in 2017 but had to settle for a tie for fifth place. Matsuyama has been in the top five at this tournament for the last two years running so it could be a case ofthird time lucky in August.
All the focus, for now, will be on the European and PGA Tours as the world’s leading players will be hoping to find their best form ahead of the Masters in April.