Best Golfers Never to Win a Major: Top Active Golfers Without Major Championship

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With one first-time major championship winner this year (Xander Schauffele at the PGA Championship) and a repeat champion at the Masters (Scottie Scheffler) and U.S. Open (Bryson DeChambeau), it’s worth wondering whether another first-time champ could sneak in to take home the top spot across the pond at Royal Troon in July.  

That’s where the 2024 Open Championship will be held, with the South Ayrshire staple hosting its tenth edition of the major championship from July 18-21, a year after American southpaw Brian Harman won his first major in the United Kingdom.  

Now, it’s worth wondering which of golf’s up-and-coming stars that have yet to finish atop the leaderboard at a major will do so next, with a star-studded cast that includes players like Viktor Hovland, Ludvig Aberg, and Patrick Cantlay all looking for that career-defining victory.   

Utilizing North Carolina DraftKings Sportsbook, we utilized odds to win the next major championship (The 3M Open) as our deciding factor of who the best golfers are that don’t have a major championship on their resume. 

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Best Golfers Never To Win A Major: Odds Based On 2024 U.S. Open*

The information below may be something you want to consider as you wager on these great golfers using North Carolina sports betting apps.


Odds (2024 Open) 

Best Finish At A Major** 

Ludvig Aberg 


2 (2024 Masters) 

Viktor Hovland 


T2 (2023 PGA Championship) 

Tommy Fleetwood 


2 (2019 Open Championship) 

Patrick Cantlay 


T3 (2024 US Open) 

Joaquin Niemann 


T-16 (2023 Masters) 

Tyrell Hatton 


T-5 (2016 Open Championship) 

Max Homa 


T-3 (2024 Masters) 

Tony Finau 


T-3 (2024 US Open) 

Tom Kim 


T-2 (2023 Open Championship) 

Min Woo Lee 


T-5 (2023 US Open) 

Will Zalatoris 


T-2 (2022 US Open) 

*Will be updated after each major championship 
**Latest best finish if finished at same position multiple times 

Which PGA Golfers Will Break Through in a Major Next?

Based on the odds from DraftKings North Carolina Sportsbook on next month’s Open Championship in Scotland, it seems like oddsmakers are counting on Aberg and Hovland to be the frontrunners to break the ice next.   

That’s because the Swede is listed at +1600 to win at this year’s Open, which is slated for Royal Troon in mid-July, while the Norwegian is No. 2 at +1800 and British golfer Tommy Fleetwood is listed third at +2200, ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Joaquin Niemann of Chile, who are both listed at +2500.  

Throw in Brit Tyrell Hatton at +3000, Max Homa at +4000 and the trio of Tom Kim, Min Woo Lee and Will Zalatoris at +5000 apiece and you have the full rundown on which players oddsmakers from DraftKings Sportsbook North Carolina see as legit contenders at next month’s festivities at Royal Troon.  

Of the group, Hovland, Aberg, Zalatoris, Fleetwood and Young all have runner-up finishes to their name at majors, doing so at the 2023 PGA Championship (Hovland), the 2024 Masters (Aberg), the 2022 U.S. Open (Zalatoris), the 2019 Open Championship (Fleetwood) and the 2022 Open Championship (Young).   

Whether any of those PGA pros can break at Royal Troon through the way that Schauffele did at the PGA Championship in May remains to be seen, though oddsmakers from one of the nation’s premier sportsbooks are giving the cadre of young stars a fighting chance on the hallowed grounds outside of Glasgow next month.   

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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