5 Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open

Here we take a look at who may win their first Major at Royal St George's

Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open
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Here we take a look at who may win their first Major at Royal St George's.

Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open

The Open takes place at Royal St George's where there's a history of first-time winners; Darren Clarke and Ben Curtis previously claimed their only Major wins there in 2011 and 2003.

The venue has staged the event 14 times, with 2021 being it's 15th edition, but will a first-time Major winner once again be lifting the Claret Jug?

Last time out, Shane Lowry played some phenomenal golf, including a course record 63 and a 54-hole scoring record at The Open, to secure his first Major title at Royal Portrush.

Here we take a look at who may win their first Major at Royal St George's...

Tyrrell Hatton 

Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open

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The Englishman has two T6 finishes in his last four starts at The Open.

Hatton has been one of golf's most in-form players over the last 18 months, picking up three Rolex Series events on the European Tour, as well as his first PGA Tour victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 29-year-old is one of the game's best ball strikers, with a T18 finish at last week's Scottish Open a good indicator of what form Hatton will be in for Open week.

Xander Schauffele

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Schauffele was runner-up in 2018 and has nine Major top-10's in 17 starts.

The American has had a great season so far, claiming a T3 and T7 finish at The Masters and US Open, as well as a T10 finish at last week's Scottish Open.

With the 27-year-old being one of the most consistent players on the Tour, it's only a matter of time before he becomes a Major champion.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open

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The Englishman comes into the event off the back of a runner-up finish at last week's Scottish Open.

Fitzpatrick has enjoyed a good season on Tour so far, securing four top-25 finishes in only seven starts.

The 26-year-old's record at Major championships isn't the greatest, although he did finish T20 at Royal Portrush in 2019.

Marc Leishman

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The Aussie has had three top six finishes at the Open including a runner-up in 2015 when he lost out to Zach Johnson in a playoff.

Leishman, who claimed his sixth PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, finished third in his last Tour start, the Travelers Championship.

The 37-year-old is great at flighting the ball down with his game suiting links golf well, hence why he's had his best Major results in the Open.

Ian Poulter

Potential First Time Major Winners At The Open

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Poulter arrives at Royal St George's in great form, with a final round 63 securing him a T4 finish at the Scottish Open last week.

The 45-year-old has three top-10 finishes at The Open, with his best result a runner-up finish in 2008 when Padraig Harrington defended his title.

The Englishman is one of the most experienced players in the tournament, featuring in his 19th Open Championship this week.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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