US Open 2017: Major championship stats for this week's event in Wisconsin

Rickie Fowler: His most recent top 10 in a major championship was in 2014
Rickie Fowler: His most recent top 10 in a major championship was in 2014

With the first round of the US Open teeing-off on Thursday in Wisconsin, Andy Swales searches for trends in recent major championships.


"The highest ranked golfer yet to enjoy a top-six finish in a major is recently-crowned Wentworth champion Alex Noren."

One player who is desperately in need of a good US Open finish this week is Rickie Fowler.

Three years ago the confident American enjoyed a remarkable season in the major championships, finishing inside the top five in all four events.

Since then, however, the 28-year-old has struggled to shine when it matters, and has failed to post a top-10 in nine subsequent majors.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for Fowler. So far, during 2017, there have been a trio of top-three finishes, including a victory in the Honda Classic and a tie-for-second two weeks ago at Muirfield Village - so a good performance at Erin Hills this week shouldn't be beyond him.

But with Sergio Garcia finally breaking his duck at April's US Masters, Fowler is now one of the few current established stars yet to taste major glory.


So who else needs to energise their major fortunes this week?

The highest ranked golfer yet to enjoy a top-six finish in a major is recently-crowned Wentworth champion Alex Noren.

The Swede has contested 15 such events during his career and which has yielded a best finish of tied-ninth - which remains his only top 10 to date.

Younger than Noren, but still waiting for a top-10, is up-and-coming American Justin Thomas.

Thomas is playing in his eighth major this week, with a current personal best of tied-18th from the PGA Championship two years ago.

And if recent major results mean anything, then Branden Grace will collect another top-six finish this week.

This is the results sequence for the South African's last eight majors (starting with 2017 Masters): 27th-4th-72nd-5th-MC-3rd-20th-4th.

As for those who relentlessly churn out top-class major performances year-by-year, then look no further than Jason Day.

The 29-year-old Aussie rarely finishes outside the top 25 and, for sheer consistency, his record is equal to any of his peers.


Lowest Average Positions in Major Championships

US Open 2012 Thru Masters 2017

Average (Events)

18.86: Steve Stricker (14)
20.68: Jason Day (19)
21.25: Adam Scott (20)
25.35: Justin Rose (20)
27.29: Henrik Stenson (17)
30.11: Dustin Johnson (18)
31.21: Rory McIlroy (19)
33.35: Jordan Spieth (17)
33.88: Hideki Matsuyama (16)
33.89: Matt Kuchar (19)
35.00: Sergio Garcia (20)
37.10: Lee Westwood (20)
37.60: Charl Schwartzel (20)
38.00: Jim Furyk (19)
38.00: Brandt Snedeker (19)

Min. No. Majors = 10


The Table Below Lists The Last 10 Major Championships

Eg: UM 17 = US Masters 2017

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player UM 17 PG 16 BO 16 UO 16 UM 16 PG 15 BO 15 UO 15 UM 15 PG 14
Dustin Johnson MC 9 1 4 7 49 2 6
Rory McIlroy 7 MC 5 MC 10 17 9 4 1
Jason Day 22 2 22 8 10 1 4 9 28 15
Hideki Matsuyama 11 4 MC MC 7 37 18 18 5 35
Sergio Garcia 1 MC 5 5 34 54 6 18 17 35
Jordan Spieth 11 13 30 37 2 2 4 1 1 MC
Henrik Stenson MC 7 1 Wd 24 25 40 27 19 3
Alexander Noren MC 49 46 MC MC
Rickie Fowler 11 33 46 MC MC 30 30 MC 12 3
Jon Rahm 27 59 23
Justin Rose 2 22 22 MC 10 4 6 27 2 24
Adam Scott 9 18 43 18 42 MC 10 4 38 15
Justin Thomas 22 66 53 32 39 18
Paul Casey 6 10 MC MC 4 30 74 39 6 MC
Matt Kuchar 4 MC 46 46 24 7 58 12 46
Francesco Molinari 33 22 36 54 40 27 58
Tyrrell Hatton MC 10 5 25 MC
Patrick Reed MC 13 12 MC 49 30 20 14 22 58
Kevin Kisner 43 18 76 49 37 MC MC 12
Louis Oosthuizen 41 22 MC 23 15 30 2 2 19 15
Charl Schwartzel 3 42 18 23 MC 37 68 7 38 15
Brooks Koepka 11 4 13 21 5 10 18 33 15
Phil Mickelson 22 33 2 MC MC 18 20 64 2 2
Thomas Pieters 4 86 30
Branden Grace 27 4 72 5 MC 3 20 4 MC 46
Kevin Chappell 7 MC 53 MC 43 46 13
Jason Dufner 33 60 22 8 MC 68 58 18 49 Wd
Danny Willett MC 79 53 37 1 54 6 MC 38 30
Bernd Wiesberger 43 MC MC MC 34 MC 68 MC 22 15
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 49 39 32 17 MC 40 73
Si Woo Kim MC MC
Tommy Fleetwood MC MC MC MC 27 MC
Jimmy Walker 18 1 MC MC 29 MC 30 58 38 7
Bubba Watson MC 60 39 51 37 21 MC MC 38 64
Matthew Fitzpatrick 32 49 MC 54 7
Brandt Snedeker 27 56 22 MC 10 12 MC 8 MC 13
Marc Leishman 43 60 53 18 MC MC 2 MC 46
Russell Knox MC 22 30 23 MC MC MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 51 13 12 54 17 61
Wesley Bryan
Pat Perez 18 MC 46
Daniel Berger 27 73 37 10 MC MC
Ross Fisher 41 42 MC MC 68 MC
Gary Woodland MC MC 12 58 MC MC MC
Bill Haas 36 56 9 51 24 65 MC MC 12 27
Hideto Tanihara MC 33 MC 51 MC
Billy Horschel 79 MC 32 17 25 30 25 MC 58
JB Holmes 50 MC 3 MC 4 24 MC 27 MC 64
Adam Hadwin 36
Brian Harman MC MC MC MC 40
William McGirt 22 10 MC MC
Lee Westwood 18 85 22 32 2 43 49 50 46 15
Charley Hoffman 22 MC 77 37 29 MC MC MC 9 MC
Byeong Hun An 33 MC 59 23 MC MC MC MC
Russell Henley 11 22 MC 12 20 MC 21 MC
Brendan Steele 27 MC MC 15 12 58
Martin Kaymer 16 7 36 37 49 12 12 MC MC MC
Yuta Ikeda MC 33 72 MC MC
Chris Wood MC MC Wd 23 42 MC 46
Scott Piercy MC MC MC 2 29 48 MC
Jeunghun Wang MC MC MC
Webb Simpson MC 13 39 MC 29 54 40 46 28 MC
Kevin Na MC 22 22 7 55 MC 58 46 12 MC
Zach Johnson MC 33 12 8 MC MC 1 72 9 69
Jhonattan Vegas MC 22
Shane Lowry MC MC MC 2 39 MC MC 9 MC 46
Sean O`Hair MC 72
Alexander Levy MC MC 27 30
Jim Furyk MC 73 59 2 30 30 42 MC 5
Steve Stricker 16 42 4 30 28 7
Daniel Summerhays 46 3 59 8 27 33
Brandon Stone MC MC
Graeme McDowell MC 63 18 MC MC 49 MC 52 46
Jamie Lovemark MC MC 18
Ryan Palmer 42 30 MC 30 52 33 5
Jason Kokrak 49 37 MC
Bud Cauley
Lucas Glover MC MC
Roberto Castro MC 66 MC MC
David Lingmerth 22 MC 12 MC 12 74
Satoshi Kodaira MC
Martin Laird MC
Harris English 60 46 37 42 48 68 MC
Andrew Johnston 60 8 54
Keegan Bradley 42 18 MC 52 61 MC 27 22 MC
Yusaku Miyazato MC 23
Brad Dalke MC
Bradley Dredge 79
Hao Tong Li
George Coetzee 60 MC 7 MC 70 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 15 21 MC
Brian Stuard 36 79 MC
Matt Wallace
Peter Uihlein
CT Pan 64
Chez Reavie
Gregory Bourdy 18 18
Aaron Rai
Paul Dunne MC 30
Stewart Cink 20 MC
Thomas Aiken MC 80 25
JT Poston
Oliver Bekker
Chan Kim
Stephan Jaeger MC
Whee Kim
Troy Merritt MC 42 54
Richie Ramsay MC MC 68
Sam Ryder
Ryan Brehm
Joel Stalter
Xander Schauffele
Jonathan Randolph
Kyle Thompson
Ted Potter
Ernie Els 53 66 MC MC MC 25 65 54 22 7
Trey Mullinax
Gene Sauers
Wade Ormsby
Eddie Pepperell MC 49
Talor Gooch
Jack Maguire 58
Corey Conners MC
Angel Cabrera MC 37 24 64 22 Wd
Brice Garnett
Andres Romero 14
Daniel Chopra
Jordan Niebrugge MC 6
Scottie Scheffler MC
Ben Kohles
Scott Gregory MC MC
Michael Putnam MC
Max Greyserman
Sahith Theegala
Andy Pope MC 70
Nick Flanagan
Daniel Miernicki
Garrett Osborn
Stewart Hagestad 36
Maverick McNealy
John Oda
Joaquin Niemann
Hugo Imahiras
Tyson Alexander
Derek Barron
Mason Anderson
Matthew Campbell
Cameron Champ
Christopher Crawford MC
Kevin Dougherty
Scott Harvey MC
Walker Lee
Tyler Light
Roman Robledo
Alex Smalley

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