Brooks Koepka (Copyright USGA/JD Cuban)
Brooks Koepka (Photo: USGA/JD Cuban)

OPEN Championship winner Jordan Spieth and US Open winner Brooks Koepka were the only two major winners to make the cut in all four majors – the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia was in the mix going into the final major, but he missed the cut and PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas didn’t make the field after missing the Open Championship cut.

In the end, Koepka finished atop the leaderboard. Seven players finished under par.

After 16 major rounds, American Koepka carded a 1119 total – 21-under par – just one stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama with Rickie Fowler a further four strokes back.

Of the Australians, only Marc Leishman made the cut finishing three-over par after 16 major rounds. He tied 43rd at the Masters, tied 27th at the US Open, tied sixth at the Open and tied 13th at the US PGA Championship.

World number one Dustin Johnson eliminated himself from the best in four majors race when he withdrew from the Masters with a back complaint.

Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Danny Willett, Alex Noren and Bubba Watson dropped out after missing the cut at the Masters.

Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott missed the US Open cut while Phil Mickelson withdrew to attend his daughter’s college graduation.

Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Jimmy Walker and Jon Rahm also missed the US Open cut.

After making the cut in the first three majors, South Africans Branden Grace and Ernie Els, Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger dropped out of the race when they missed PGA Championship cut.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who won the 2010 PGA Championship, was also in the running but did not play the final major of the year.

To recap on the major season, Koepka, 27, tied 11th at the Masters, won the US Open, tied sixth at the Open and tied 13th at the PGA Championship.

Kuchar tied ninth at the Masters, tied 16th at the US Open, was runner-up in the Open and tied ninth at the PGA Championship.

Matsuyama tied 11th, tied second, tied 14th and tied fifth respectively.

The best in four majors started with 53 players courtesy of making the cut at the Masters, but in the end just 13 players passed the four majors test.

For the record, Koepka banked $US2,834,200 in the four majors – an average of $US708,550.

Spieth was the only other player to pocket more than $US2m.

Kuchar, Matsuyama and Fowler cracked the million-dollar mark.



Total Name                    Four major scores       To par                  Money (US$)

Brooks Koepka                287-272-276-284    1119      21-under       2,834,200

Matt Kuchar                             283-283-271-283        1120 20-under       1,957,809

Hideki Matsuyama          287-276-278-279    1120      20-under       1,800,617

Rickie Fowler                            287-278-280-279         1124 16-under       1,112,034

Jordan Spieth                 287-289-268-286         1130 10-under       2,201,037

Paul Casey                      284-286-277-284         1131 9-under         824,427

Charley Hoffman             290-279-279-289        1137 3-under         572,106

Marc Leishman              296-287-276-284       1143 3-over          502,031

Steve Stricker                 288-283-282-290         1143 3-over           406,470

J.B. Holmes                    299-281-284-286         1150 10-over                   355,940

Russell Henley                287-287-282-296         1152 12-over                   381,267

Kevin Kisner                             296-296-284-280         1156 16-over                   790,336

Lee Westwood                  289-295-281-295         1160 22-over                   258,531

About David Newbery

Chief writer David Newbery has been living, breathing and writing and editing golf for more than 30 years. His extensive knowledge of the game comes from covering golf around the world. Hired by Inside Golf in 2009, David previously worked as the editor of The Golfer for 25 years and before that worked for numerous daily newspapers in Australia and overseas. The Brisbane-based journalist describes his golf game as “a work in progress”, but has had the privilege of playing golf with some of the game’s best players including nine-time major winner Gary Player. David enjoys travelling, reading, music, photography and spending time with family and friends – on and off the golf course.


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