Who Has the Best Shot At Winning Their First PGA Tour Major Title?

Which PGA Tour player has the best shot this season to win their first career Major Championship to complete their resume on tour?

Everywhere you look there is a list of some sort naming the best golfers in the world to never win a Major. At the beginning of each PGA Tour season, those conversations seem to come back to the forefront discussing this very subject. There is no shortage of those golfer’s names to mention, but I decided to pick five of those names and choose which player I think will breakthrough first to win the first Major title of their career.

Matt Kuchar starts off my list as he’s been the model of consistency throughout his career. His name always seems to be hanging around on the weekend during a Major weekend. His best finish at a Major was at the 2017 Open Championship where he finished alone in 2nd place. Golfers always say they like to be there at the end with a chance and because of this Kuchar will always seem to have a chance at winning a Major.

Another name you’ve heard a lot of in the past few years is Hideki Matsuyama. His best finish at a Major also came in 2017 where he finished tied for 2nd at the US Open. Hideki is a five-time PGA Tour winner so far in his young career. He is only 28 years old so he has plenty of time to win his first Major as he’s already proven to be in the middle-upper tier on Tour. He’s been as high as number two in the World Golf Rankings so he is very capable of winning a big one this season.

At 31 years old Tony Finau has really been making a name for himself the past few seasons on Tour and showing he is a player to be reckoned with. His highest golf ranking has been ninth and he is only getting better each year. Finau’s best finishes in a Major has come the past two seasons on Tour. In 2019 he finished 3rd at The Open Championship and in 2020 he finished tied for 4th at The PGA. It feels like Tony is right on the cusp of lifting one of those Major title trophies.

Probably the most famous name on this list and most likely the golfer most fans are rooting for to break their winless streak in Majors is Rickie Fowler. As one of the most likable guys on the PGATour, he has been as close to anyone most often of winning a Major. He’s only 32 but feels like he’s been around forever.

He has five wins on Tour and has been ranked as high as fourth in the world. His list of best finishes in Majors shows how often and how close he’s been. In 2014 he had three close calls finishing tied for third at The PGA, and tied for second at The Open Championship and the US Open. Then in 2018 was his closest call as he finished alone in 2nd place at The Masters. Personally, I’m rooting for him more than any other golfer to grab that first Major.

Now we get to the guy who I THINK will break-through first on this list as he has been flexing his ability the most as of late, and that is 26-year-old Jon Rahm. At one point in 2020, he held the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings and he already has five Tour wins under his belt. His best finishes at a Major are recent as in 2018 when he finished 4th at The Masters and tied for 4th in The PGA.

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Then in 2019, he tied for third at that year’s US Open. Also in 2019, he finished just outside the top 10 at The Open Championship with a tied for 11th. It is only a matter of time when he regains that number one spot in the world and when he wins the first Major title of his career. Don’t be surprised if both of them happen on the same weekend in this 2021 PGA tour season.