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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

British Open: Will there be a first-time winner for eighth golf major in a row?

The last seven majors have all ended with a first-time winner lifting the trophy.

Jason Day enjoyed plenty of success in 2015. David Cannon / Getty Images
Jason Day enjoyed plenty of success in 2015. David Cannon / Getty Images

Jason Day (2015 US PGA Championship) The Australian shot a closing 67 to finish on a major championship record 20 under par and win at Whistling Straits by three strokes. Day, who had previously had nine top-10 major finishes, held off a chasing pack led by the formidable Jordan Spieth.

Defending Masters champion Danny Willett of England works on his swing at the driving range during Monday practice  for the 2017 US Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia, on April 3, 2017. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Defending Masters champion Danny Willett of England works on his swing at the driving range during Monday practice for the 2017 US Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia, on April 3, 2017. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Danny Willett (2016 Masters) Yorkshire's Willett capitalised as third-round leader Spieth capitulated, carding a final-round 67 to claim a shock win at Augusta. Spieth led by five at the turn but then dropped six shots in three holes and ended in a tie for second with Lee Westwood, three behind Willett.

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Harry How / Getty Images

Dustin Johnson (2016 US Open) Big-hitting Johnson held his nerve amid controversy to win by three strokes at Oakmont. Johnson was told on the 12th green he faced a possible penalty stroke for an infringement on the fifth, meaning he had to complete his round without knowing how big his lead actually was. He was eventually punished but still had a big enough cushion.

Henrik Stenson is a serial winner in the UAE but is yet to get his hands on the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship trophy. Nezar Balout / AFP
Henrik Stenson shot a bogey-free eight-under par 64 to lead after the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Nezar Balout / AFP

Henrik Stenson (2016 British Open) The charismatic Swede shot 63 as he emerged from a thrilling final-day duel with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon with the Claret Jug. There was little between the pair for most of the day but Stenson finished with four birdies in his final five holes to win by three on an Open record 20 under.

Jimmy Walker reacts to his birdie putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday at Baltusrol. Mike Groll / AP Photo / July 31, 2016
Jimmy Walker reacts to his birdie putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship on Sunday at Baltusrol. Mike Groll / AP Photo / July 31, 2016

Jimmy Walker (2016 US PGA Championship) Rain forced him to play 36 holes on the Sunday and defending champion Day pushed hard, but Walker held on to claim a one-shot win at Baltusrol with a bogey-free final-round 67. The finish was a nervy one as a Day eagle on the 18th slashed a three-shot advantage as Walker visited the rough, but the American prevailed.

Sergio Garcia won the Masters not long after clinching the Dubai Desert Classic title last year. Chris Carlson / AP Photo
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, celebrates at the green jacket ceremony after winning the Masters. Chris Carlson / AP Photo

Sergio Garcia (2017 US Masters) The Spaniard was a hugely popular victor at Augusta, pipping Justin Rose in a sudden-death play-off following an epic contest. The pair began the final round tied at the top of the leaderboard and both had spells out in front before finishing together on nine under. Garcia won with a birdie as they replayed the 18th.

Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with the winner’s trophy after his victory at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills on Sunday. AFP
Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with the winner’s trophy after his victory at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills on Sunday. AFP

Brooks Koepka (2017 US Open) The American, who had a previous top-five US Open finish to his name when he tied for fourth at Pinehurst in 2014, was the model of consistency with rounds of 67, 70, 68 and 67 to equal Rory McIlroy's record winning score in the event of 16 under par.

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