US PGA champion Brooks Koepka was the only major winner to make the cut in all four majors – the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

Masters champion Tiger Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship and the Open Championship but he did finish in a tie for 21st at the US Open.

US Open champion Gary Woodland was in the race to claim the title as best player in all four majors after a T32 finish at the Masters and a T8 at the US PGA, but unfortunately he missed the cut at the Open Championship.

Open champion Shane Lowry was never in the race to take the title after missing the cut at the Masters, but he did finish T8 and T28 at the PGA Championship and US Open respectively.

The best in the four majors started with 62 players advancing to the PGA after the Masters, but ended with just 16 players playing all 16 major rounds.

Australian PGA champion Cameron Smith was the only Australian to go the distance.

The 25-year-old finished T51 (Masters), T64 (PGA), T72 (US Open) and T20 (Open).

He has a good record in the majors – played 14, 11 cuts made.

So, after 16 gruelling major rounds it was Brooks Koepka who finished on top of the leaderboard.

His marathon 16-round total of 1120 saw him finish an incredible 36-under par and well clear of the rest of the field.

The American finished 22 shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffle (both on 14-under par).

At 29, Koepka has already won four majors – two US PGA titles and two US Open titles.

The world number one player is on the record as saying he finds it easier to win a major than a regular tour event.

For the record, Koepka finished top-5 in all the majors – Masters (T2), PGA (won), US Open (2nd) and The Open (T4).

Adam Scott was well in the contest after T18 (Masters) T8 (PGA), T7 (US Open) but he missed the cut at the Open Championship as did Jason Day after a promising build up.

He tied for fifth at the Masters, was T23 at the PGA and T21 at the US Open.

After finishing in a tie for 49th at the Masters, Marc Leishman dropped out of the race when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

He also missed the cut at the Open, but did tie for 35th at the US Open.

All eyes were on Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy going into the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

He played solidly in the first three majors – T21, T8 and T9 at the Masters, PGA and US Open respectively.

Unfortunately, he missed the cut at The Open.

England’s Justin Rose, who won last year’s best in all four majors, was never in the hunt after missing the cut at the Masters.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia was another Masters casualty along with former Masters champion Danny Willett.

The PGA Championship took its toll on players expecting to challenge for the title including Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Branden Grace, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, JB Holmes.

Big-hitting American Tony Finau has the potential to win a major one day, but he slipped up at the US Open as did former world number one Justin Thomas, Keegan Bradley and Swede Alex Noren.





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

Brooks Koepka                        276-272-274-278        1100    36-under         6,666,407

Dustin Johnson                      276-274-285-287        1122    14-under         3,031,683

Xander Schauffele                  276-283-277-286        1122    14-under         2,293,010

Patrick Cantlay                       278-278-282-286        1124    12-under         1,479,482

Webb Simpson                        277-285-281-284        1127    9-under           963,252

Francesco Molinari                 277-288-281-291        1127    9-under           1,095,180

Matt Kuchar                            280-281-281-286        1128    8-under           992,514

Rickie Fowler                           278-286-286-279        1129    7-under           929,087

Matthew Fitzpatrick                283-287-280-283       1133    3-under           654,217

Jordan Spieth                         283-278-290-283        1134    2-under           1,137,875

Louis Oosthuizen                    284-290-278-283        1135    1-under           790,534

Henrik Stenson                       286-288-279-283       1136    Even                645,125

Aaron Wise                              281-287-285-286        1139    3-over              445,475

Tommy Fleetwood                   286-288-290-275        1139    3-over              1,736,034

Tyrrell Hatton                          292-288-282-279       1141    5-over              685,390

Cameron Smith                       290-291-292-283        1156    20-over            230,417


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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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