After just TWO wins since 1996 can an English star finally end major hoodoo? From Justin Rose to Danny Willett, Sportsmail looks at how our Masters contenders rate
- There have been 97 majors staged since Sir Nick Faldo claimed his sixth Masters
- Justin Rose and Danny Willett are only English players to win a major since
- Rose won the 2013 US Open while Danny Willett claimed victory at 2016 Masters
- Sportsmail take a look at the English hopefuls in this year’s Masters tournament
Among the golfing mysteries over the last quarter-century, one is particularly hard to fathom. There have been 97 majors staged since Sir Nick Faldo claimed the last of his six Masters titles in 1996 —and English golfers have claimed just two of them.
When Faldo packed his bags for the world of television, he seemed to leave behind a golden legacy where majors would be celebrated with free abandon. He left a fine legacy all right.
In the last 24 years, England has produced no fewer than three world No 1s, an Olympic gold medal winner, a liberal sprink-ling of Ryder Cup heroes, seven players good enough to win events on the PGA Tour, and countless winners in Europe. Majors? Justin Rose at the 2013 US Open at Merion, and Danny Willett at the 2016 Masters. That’s it.
There have been 97 majors staged since Sir Nick Faldo claimed his sixth Masters titles in 1996
As tempting as it would be for some, it’s hardly right to stick the boot in, given everything else they have achieved. How can you have a go at the likes of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Paul Casey, with the careers they’ve enjoyed?
All the same, add Rose to those names and you have a starry quintet who have played in an aggregate of 333 majors with a solitary victory to their credit. Even Sherlock Holmes would struggle to work that one out.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve asked countless players if they could put their finger on the reason without anyone really coming up with anything beyond the obvious points that they’re damn hard to win and Faldo’s finish coincided with the start of Tiger Woods. There has also been more than a fair share of bad luck.
Of those 97 majors, only English golfers to have won have been Justin Rose and Danny Willett
Many believe English players have not been able to win because of the success of Tiger Woods
Could they have holed more of the critical putts under supreme pressure? That’s one fair criticism that could be made, when thinking of the ruthless manner in which Faldo finished off his majors, and Willett when given a chance by Jordan Spieth in 2016.
Now the ranks have been bolstered by more promising names, like Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton.
So, what are the chances of a massive lift for the nation this week, in these miserable times?
Wouldn’t the sight of a man in a green jacket cheer us all up? Here, we look at the prospects for the nine Englishmen at Augusta.
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