Golf: Is time right for Fowler, Garcia or Westwood at the PGA?

Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:03pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood must be wondering if it will be their turn to leave the list of 'best yet to win a major' at next week's PGA Championship at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey.

It has been the year of the breakthrough in major golf with England's Danny Willett at the Masters, American Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open and Sweden's Henrik Stenson at the British Open all registering their maiden majors.

And the winners have run the age gamut, with Willett (28) representing the 20-somethings, Johnson (32) the 30-year-old prime timers, and Stenson (40) scoring one for the mature set.

The world golf rankings offer two prime candidates for the PGA title to make it a 2016 majors sweep for first-time winners in seventh-ranked Fowler and evergreen candidate Garcia, the world No. 10.

Spain's Garcia first threatened to break through when he chased after winner Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA at Medinah.

Another notable player who has come agonisingly close to lifting a major trophy is 43-year-old Englishman Westwood.

The 37th-ranked Westood has nine top-three finishes in the majors, including three as runner-up.

Hopes generally run high for a major title breakthrough at the PGA.   Continued...

 
Jul 17, 2016; Troon, Ayrshire,  SCT; Rickie Fowler (USA)  tees off at the 5th during the final round of the 145th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports