With the dust settled on Scottie Scheffler’s emphatic Masters victory, as the American used his fine form and momentum from this season to spur him on to land his maiden major title at the iconic Augusta National, it’s already almost time for the second major of the 2022 golf campaign — the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For those who regularly bet on golf, it’s no surprise to see the likes of Scheffler and Spaniard Jon Rahm, who returned to form with his first victory of the season coming at the recent Mexico Open, at the fore of the PGA’s outright winners’ market.
But there are a few players who have threatened to make a breakthrough in the majors this year as Scheffler did at the Masters, and there could well be a new name on the PGA’s roll of honour come the close of play May 22nd.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at three players who could join Scheffler as first-time major winners later this month. Read on to find out more!
Australian Cameron Smith has been on the PGA Tour for a few years now. But despite three tournament victories prior to the start of this season, it is arguably only this year that the 28-year-old has really stood up and been counted in the world of golf.
Smith won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, impressive carding a final score of -34 in Maui, and he followed that with a stunning victory in the Players Championship — the next best thing to a major.
He was T3 at the Masters, albeit five strokes adrift of Scheffler, and his form has dropped a bit since — missing the cut at the RBC Heritage and finishing T21 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He’ll be up for the PGA though, and it would be no surprise to see him challenging at the top of the leaderboard.
Second to Scheffler in the current FedExCup standings, Sam Burns had a bit of a slow start to 2022 — missing three consecutive cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, Phoenix Open and the Genesis International. But he soon found a bit of form, recording a top 10 finish at the Arnold Palmer (T9) and winning the Valspar Championship.
The 25-year-old was disappointing at the Masters though, missing the cut at Augusta. But there was pressure after that Valspar triumph and maybe the magnitude of playing on Augusta’s hallowed turf got to him, as he was second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Billy Horsechel next time out.
Yet to break into the top 10 at one of the majors, with six top 10 finished and two wins in standard tournaments, the American has proven that he has the ability to compete the best in the world this season. It’s a perhaps just a matter of finding the correct mentality for the majors.
It’s somewhat hard to believe that Patrick Cantlay hasn’t broken his major duck yet. But the reality is, since finishing T9 and T3 at the Masters and PGA Championship in 2019, the American hasn’t really given himself the chance in any of the big four tournaments — with a T15 finish at last year’s US Open his best result in a major since.
The 30-year-old has been consistent this season though, with six top 10 victories in his 10 events to date, and after a poor run of form in the build up to the Masters, the 2021 Ryder Cup winner seems to be finding a bit of momentum at the right time ahead of the PGA Championship.
The World No.4 suffered a dramatic play-off defeat at the hands of Jordan Spieth in the RBC Heritage after they both finished 13-under par, but Cantlay bounced back and won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Xander Schuaffele. Cantlay has had to wait too long for his first major, now’s the time to end that drought!