McIlroy makes top 10 for cumulative scorers across 2015 majors
It does seem slightly below par (excuse the pun) that there is no award, or even acknowledgement, at the end of the golf season for the player to have achieved the best cumulative score across all of the four majors
Posting low scores at the Masters, US Open and Open Championship is no mean feat and below are the 10 players to have cumulatively registered the lowest scores across the opening three majors of 2015.
The main question is which, if any, of this decet will be in contention for the final stop on the year’s major calendar – the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Below we analyse each of their credentials ahead of a tournament where finding fairways and greens in regulation are widely expected to be a major factor:
Two major wins and beaten by one stroke in the other shows Spieth’s pedigree this year, while he warmed up for this with a solid 10th in the WGC Bridgestone. That was the 22-year-old’s sixth top-10 finish in seven starts.
Runner-up finishes in the last two majors, but is still waiting a first victory of the year. Best result since mid-May outside of a major is a share of 42nd, showing how much the South African is a big-tournament performer.
No worse than sixth in his last three starts and has top-25 finishes in six of the last seven majors. Highest from this list in the PGA Tour statistics for finding greens in regulation.
Won’t have the best memories of Whistling Straits as he should have been in a play-off for victory at the 2010 PGA Championship until being penalised two strokes for grounding his club in a bunker.
It is worrying for would-be backers that he hasn’t broken 69 in a final round since before the Masters.
Top-25 finishes in 11 of last 12 starts shows his consistency, but he has only broken 70 in three of his last 15 rounds. This a concern if the PGA Championship becomes a birdie fest like the Masters or Open Championship.
Certainly deserves a major triumph after finishing in the top 10 in six of the last 11, including when completing in a share of fourth at the Open. Won the Canadian Open two starts back and 70 is his worst round in his past eight.
Still finished tied 37th in the Bridgestone Invitational despite shooting a nine in his only PGA Tour start since in the Open. The Spaniard is well rested, but his record for failing to get over the line in majors makes him hard to back for victory.
Has been a bit of a major machine since 2011, with seven top-five finishes. Has looked a little off his stride since missing the cut in the Wells Fargo Championship, including when only 45th in the Bridgestone Invitational.
Loves this major, playing it in -34 since 2009, which includes his victories in 2012 and 2014. Also only lost by single stroke when held here at Whistling Straits in 2010. State of current game is a lottery though, after being off the course since the US Open because of an ankle injury.
Was third at Whistling Straits in 2010 and arrives this time high on confidence after his victory at the Open. Top-six finishes in four of his last six starts too.
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