SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Dustin Johnson left the conversation in June. Henrik Stenson politely excused himself from the discussion earlier this month.
But golf’s 19th hole isn’t silent of chatter with the topic at hand, for there remains a handful in the sport labeled as the best player who hasn’t won a major.
Johnson emphatically rid himself of the tag with a commanding performance at Oakmont Country Club to win the U.S. Open, ending his streak at 11 top-10s in majors without a win. Stenson was a record-breaking machine at Royal Troon when he made his sweet exit from the dialogue while carrying the Claret Jug after winning the British Open, ending at nine his top-10s in a major championship without a victory.
So step right up, Sergio Garcia, for you are front and center among the banter as you have been for years. Bring Rickie Fowler with you, too, and have Lee Westwood tag along. The talk could extend to Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed and Brandt Snedeker, too.