It’s been quite the year for the sport of golf. As the curtain drew on the final major of the year at Portrush, it was rather fitting that the four were bookended by a legend of the sport and a man whose future is now looking bright.
It’s been a hectic four months with not much room for reflection on the majors, so now the dust has settled, we take a look at just how each tournament went down...
The Masters saw golf hit headlines all over the world with the resurrection of Tiger Woods. Chants echoed around Augusta as the 43-year-old earned his first green jacket in 14 years and first major in over a decade.
There was a ‘will he, won’t he’ tension running right through the tournament before Tiger sealed the deal in his trademark red shirt, black trousers combination.
It was an iconic moment for the sport and set up the season perfectly.
We’ll expect a similarly exciting tournament next year, with Tiger already a favourite at 9/1 with the best online bookmakers, alongside Rory McIlroy available at 10/1 and Brooks Koepka 8/1.
In February 2019, Dustin Johnson won the WGC-Mexico Championship for the third time, and his sixth World Golf Championship overall. It was his 20th career PGA Tour win, and he’s currently priced at 10/1 with most bookmakers including William Hill.
If you fancy an outside bet, Francesco Molinari and Justin Thomas are both currently priced at 16/1 with Ladbrokes and have the credentials to upset the odds.
And it was Koepka who conquered in the PGA Championship in May. The American sealed victory by two strokes, and became the first player to be defending champion of both the PGA Championship and US Open simultaneously.
It was a victory for Koepka that was filled with records, also becoming the first man under the age of 30 to collect four majors.
His tournament began with an impressive, record-equaling round of 63, before a 65 in the second - the lowest 36 hole score in majors history.
It was those scores that helped secure victory for the 29-year-old, despite a late charge from Johnson.
The US Open at Pebble Beach followed the PGA fast, and Koepka was still in imperious form as he looked to secure a third consecutive US Open.
However, it was Gary Woodland, a man who had never finished in the top 20 of the tournament who conquered, beating Koepka by three strokes.
The 35-year-old, ranked 25th in the world at the time, shot 68 and 65 in the first two rounds to open up a two-stroke lead. Going into the final day he was just one shot ahead of Justin Rose, and shot 69 to secure 13-under-par, the lowest scoring relative to par score since 2011. Within that he also shot 34 holes without bogeying!
The Open Championship
There was plenty of hope for an Irish winner of The Open at Portrush, and the home crowd got one.
Most of the bookies were backing McIlroy, but he missed the cut on the second day by one stroke after a horrendous opening round of eight over.
Darren Clarke was given the honour of the first tee shot, but it was Shane Lowry, from south of the border in County Westmeath who took the title by six shots.
His previous biggest win had come in the 2019 Abu Dhabi Championship, but second in the US Open back in 2016 was as good as he’d done previously in a major.
He was among the leaders from day one, shooting 67 in his opening round, backing that up with the same score in the second. His course record of 63 in the third round saw him pull away from the likes of Tommy Fleetwood though and a 72 on the final day allowed him to convert a 54-hole lead into a major, only the second man from the Republic of Ireland to do so.