2017 Major Champions Review
The majors provide the biggest talking points in the game. Over the years we have been treated to some unbelievable performances and great champions that will live on in the annals of golfing history.
This year has been no different so we thought, as a bit of a memory jog, we'd pull together a review of 2017's four major championships and the unique stories they created.
Sergio the Master
This past year saw the enigmatic Serio Garcia finally rise to the top of major championship golf by prevailing upon the hallowed fairways of Augusta National after a great tussle with the current Olympic champion Justin Rose.
Starting the day joint for the lead at six-under-par, the two men traded ownership of the outright lead in the final round before Sergio arrived at the 13th hole where he would send an errant tee-shot into the trees when trailing his playing partner by one. Taking a one-shot penalty due to an unplayable lie, Sergio somehow managed to escape with a par before capturing a magnificent eagle at the par-5 15th.
Locked together at nine-under-par, Garcia and Rose needed a Playoff to help determine the 81st Master Champion. It was former who would prevail and, in doing so, he would become only the third Spaniard to sport the world famous Green Jacket joining his two idols - Jose Maria Olazabal and the late, great Seve Ballesteros.
Watch Sergio's best shots on his way to a long overdue maiden major victory:
Brooks powers to U.S. Open title
When Brooks Koepka stood upon the first tee during his first round at the 117th U.S. Open he knew that the last six major championships had gone to a maiden major champion and that, of the list of possible first-time winners this time around, he had as solid a chance as any.
As the week progressed, Erin Hills seemed the perfect course to let Brooks showcase his powerful game. With four rounds firmly under par, the current world number eight finished four shots ahead of his nearest challengers - Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.
The winning score of 16-under was the joint lowest score ever at a U.S. Open - matching the target set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011.
Catch Brooks' final round highlights below:
Spieth Champion Golfer of the Year
Much has already been written about Jordan Spieth's glorious victory during the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
For us, the most impressive aspect of the young Texan's win at this year's third major was his mental fortitude when faced with what seemed like another collapse. When in contention after two-thirds of his final round he hammered an errant tee shot over 100 yards right and into a highly treacherous spot - dropping two shots seemed certain; losing three was not impossible.
While all our minds were cast back to the previous year's Masters tournament and his collapse in letting Danny Willett capture a first major, he required immeasurable clarity of thought to take his time in requesting the official's confirmation that the practice range was in-bounds and eventually accepting his caddie's yardage, switching from a 3-wood to a 3-iron that would flight his ball just short of the green.
It would be very easy to take the events 13th hole as the abiding memory of Spieth's win but how he took advantage of only dropping one shot was literally astounding. To endure such a mentally draining episode and then proceed to play some of the most flawless closing holes ever witnessed in major golf is another indication of the competitive brilliance of the man.
Spieth's reaction to the 13th hole is just awesome - watch it below:
Thomas takes PGA on way to POTY
There were quite a few achievements for Justin Thomas in 2017. Not only did the Kentuckian master Quail Hollow en route to a first major title, but he would also finish the 2016-17 PGA Tour season with the FedEx Cup title and join the '59 Club' by shooting a sub-60 round at the Sony Open.
The final major of the year was hotly contested and, despite a two-over-par 73 on Thursday, Thomas entered Sunday's closing round with only a two-shot deficit to make up on his compatriot Kevin Kisner.
Kisner would falter in shooting a final-round 74 with Thomas managing to carve his way through the field and into an unassailable lead where he would eventually prevail by two shots.
A highly impressive 2017 - thanks in no small part to the PGA Championship win - has shot Thomas up from 22nd in the world rankings to an impressive third place.
At the par-5 tenth hole, Justin's ball sat on the lip for what seemed an eternity:
What were your favourite moments of the 2017 major championship calendar? Which of the four separate champions were you rooting for? Let us know below.