Five Golfers Who Will Win A Major Before Rickie Fowler

LAHAINA, HI - JANUARY 04: Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on from the first tee during the first round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 4, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - JANUARY 04: Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on from the first tee during the first round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 4, 2018 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) /

Rickie Fowler is one of the most talented, exciting, and charismatic golfers on tour. Rickie has nine career tour wins including a win at the Players Championship in 2015, and he seems to be in contention many weekends throughout the year. One thing missing from his resume, though, is a major win.

With his past success in majors, top 5 finishes at each major, it is surprising he doesn’t have a win yet. While Rickie Fowler has the talent to win a major, and that win could come any year, there are a few golfers on Tour who may win their first major before Rickie. Here are five golfers who could do that.

Jon Rahm

At 25 years old Jon Rahm still has many great years of golf ahead of him. Rahm has eleven career wins, six on the European Tour, four on the PGA Tour, and a victory at the Hero World Challenge. He has wins in each of the last three years, and when he is performing at his best Rahm is one of the best players in the world.

His first career win on the PGA Tour was at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017 at Torrey Pines, a tournament that he historically fairs well in. With the 2021 US Open being held at Torrey Pines, Rahm may be one of the favorites there. In his career, Rahm has finished in the top-15 of each major and has been inside the top-10 at the last two Masters.

Although it is early in the season Rahm has shown tremendous improvement in a few key areas of his game. Last season Rahm ranked 78th in strokes gained around the green, this season he currently ranks 11th according to The other area of improvement has been his putting, last season Rahm ranked 36th in strokes gained putting. So far this season Rahm ranks 18th in putting. Rahm is closing in on the world number 1 ranking and looks to be in for a great season.

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Tommy Fleetwood

It seems like Fleetwood has one great round of golf in each major, but he has not been able to consistently perform that way. Tommy has 2nd place finishes at both the US Open and the Open Championship. Fleetwood has 8 career wins with five of those coming on the European Tour. With his skills, Fleetwood should be a contender in future majors and can certainly win one soon.

Fleetwood finished second at last years Open Championship with his experience on the European Tour, Tommy should see success at the Open in the future. Fleetwood finished inside the top-5 at the US Open in 2017 and 2018. His recent success in these majors should give him momentum and confidence for the future.

Hideki Matsuyama

With 14 professional wins to his name, Hideki Matsuyama is no stranger to success. Hideki has finished in the top-10 in each of the four majors, and two of his wins are in WGC events. This shows that Hideki can compete and perform well in big tournaments, and with past success at the majors he could very well win his first one soon.

Putting needs to be the focus of Matsuyama’s game this season. Last season Hideki ranked 97th in strokes gained putting, this season he ranks 182nd. While Hideki has had a lot of success in majors recently, in order to win he will need to improve his putting. Watch for Matsuyama in the coming years to be in contention at majors.

Bryson Dechambeau

Dechambeau has become somewhat of a polarizing figure on the PGA Tour, people either love him or hate him. Regardless of how you feel about Dechambeau there is no denying that he is one of the most talented players on tour. Dechambeau has struggled a bit in majors, but with his ability, he should figure out how to manage his game at those tournaments.

Dechambeau needs to improve upon his work around the green as last year he ranked 115th. Thus far in 2020, Bryson is 36th in strokes gained around the green. If that improvement continues Dechambeau will see a major coming his way.

Tony Finau

Perhaps best remembered for his ankle injury at the Masters Par 3 contest, Tony Finau is a 30-year-old golfer who is starting to break through onto the international stage. Tony has 2 career wins and has played well at the majors the last two years, finishing in the top-10 in the Masters and The Open. If Finau continues to play at a high level he can win a major in the near future.

Finau will see more wins coming his way in the future as he seems to be settling into his prime. Tony will likely contend for a major or two this season, but like Matsuyama, he will need to improve upon his putting in order to win. Finau was 125th in strokes gained putting last year, improvement here is crucial for Tony’s success moving forward.

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Rickie Fowler can win a major and likely will at some point in his career, but the five golfers mentioned here are young, talented and in their prime. All of them are sure to have great careers and major championships will come to them soon.