Who Will Win Their Maiden Major in 2018?

Seven of the last eight major championship winners in golf have been won by players who have broken their maiden in one the sport's four biggest tournaments. In 2018, there will be a host of other players on the Tour who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Sergio Garcia by breaking their duck in either the U.S. Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, or U.S. PGA Championship. Here are the three players most likely to do so.

Jon Rahm

2017 was a huge year for Spaniard Jon Rahm as he was one of the breakthrough players on the PGA Tour, which helped him to rise all the way up to number four in the world rankings at the end of the campaign. The 23-year-old won three events last season, including the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Although it was the biggest 12 months of his career, Rahm will have been disappointed with his performances in the major championships as his best finish was a tie for 27th-place in the Masters. The big hitter will go into Augusta with some experience of playing the course in 2018, so he will fancy his chances of picking up the Green Jacket like his Spanish compatriot Garcia did last April.

Hideki Matsuyama

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama has now won 14 events around the world, five of which have come on the PGA Tour, therefore he is now seen as one of the most prolific winners in the sport today. The Asian superstar has had success in the World Golf Championship events and it feels like it is only a matter of time before he joins the major championships winners' club. Matsuyama has now finished inside the top 10 of all four majors and the closest he has come to ending the 72 holes as the clubhouse leader was in the 2017 U.S. Open as he finished second behind Koepka. The former world No. 2 has not finished worse than 11th at Augusta in the last three years and is available in the golf betting on Bet365 at 16/1 to win the 2018 U.S. Masters.

Rickie Fowler

It's remarkable given his talent that Rickie Fowler is still waiting for his first major championship success. The American has been on the PGA Tour since 2009 and in the 2017 U.S. PGA Championship made his 32nd appearance in golf's four majors. In 2015, Fowler finished inside the top five in all four of the big tournaments as he had the best 12 months of his career with tournament victories also coming in the Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship. At the age of just 29, Fowler has many more opportunities ahead of him and looks very likely to be one of the next maiden major winners, just like his good friend Thomas.

The opening major of 2018, the U.S. Masters, takes place from April 5-8 where Garcia will be defending his crown and looking to become the first back-to-back winner of the Green Jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002.

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