Scheffler, Koepka, Rahm, McIlroy? Or someone new? Who do we think will win the four major championships in 2024?
They’re the four weeks all golf fans look forward to, but who will win the major championships in 2024?
But what about the four majors next year?
Augusta will play host to the Masters, while Valhalla, Pinehurst No.2 and Royal Troon return to the major rotation.
So who will be victorious. Here at NCG Towers, we’ve given our predictions, and there are certainly a few that come out of left field.
Who will win 2024’s first major championship at Augusta?
As always, the first major championship of the year takes place at Augusta National.
The Green Jacket is one of the most iconic prizes in all of sport, but who will be putting the famous piece of clothing on their shoulders in April?
Matthew Beedle: Scottie Scheffler
When your iron play is as good as Scottie Scheffler, you’re always going to be in the mix at Augusta National. The 2022 Masters champion won’t have to deal with the extra distractions of being the defending champion at this year’s tournament.
Despite his putting woes, Scheffler still managed to turn up when it mattered most going T10-T2-3rd-T23 in major championships last year. Jon Rahm will slip the Texan’s second green jacket in three years on his shoulders come April.
Matt Coles: Brooks Koepka
Koepka had his chance to win at the Masters in 2022. Instead, it was Jon Rahm who got over the line on Sunday afternoon. Brooks won’t let that happen again. He has three top-10 finishes in his last five visits to Augusta, and 2024 will be the time when he puts on that Green Jacket for the first time.
Steve Carroll: Viktor Hovland
Unless you are Jordan Spieth, logic says it takes a while to get used to Augusta. If that’s true, then Viktor Hovland could be slipping on the Green Jacket in April. After winning Low Amateur honours in 2019, when he very creditably tied for 32nd, Hovland finished just outside the top 20 twice before tying for 7th in his last appearance.
I used to think short game frailties would hold him back here, but everyone knows how much he has improved in this department. His ball striking remains immense. I could argue a case for Hovland at each of the four majors, but I think he joins the major club at the earliest opportunity in 2024.
Matt Chivers: Viktor Hovland
He played well here last year and a major trophy can only be around the corner for the Norwegian.
Dan Murphy: Max Homa
Max Homa is far too good a player to not start contending regularly in the majors. When he breaks the glass ceiling then he has the class to go ahead and seal the deal.
Who wins the PGA Championship?
Having moved to May a few years back, the PGA Championship has become the second opportunity for major glory in the men’s game.
2024 sees the championship return to Valhalla, where a certain Northern Irishman last tasted major success.
Steve Carroll: Rory McIlroy
The drought goes on, so what better place to end it than Valhalla – the site of Rory McIlroy’s last major win? It’ll be nigh on 10 years since the Northern Irishman lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in the Kentucky darkness, and he’s just too good not to bag another of golf’s big four trophies soon.
His major form has been strong, without getting over the line, in recent years and he’s something of a horses for courses guy – performing well on the same sorts of layouts year after year. I reckon he’ll break his major duck in 2024, but it will be here and not at the Masters.
Matt Chivers: Rory McIlroy
I never put up Rory McIlroy for wins at the majors, but he’s back at Valhalla and his drought will surely come to an end.
Dan Murphy: Brooks Koepka
This is a classic venue for the bullying power-play of Brooks. Valhalla isn’t exactly subtle.
Matthew Beedle: Patrick Cantlay
It’s time for Patrick Cantlay to finally deliver a major championship. And, after everything that happened at the Ryder Cup, would it really surprise you to see last year’s pantomime villain pairing of himself and Joe La Cava see major success in 2024?
Cantlay has been well backed in major championships in the past but has mostly struggled, however, a fairly strong major record from the 2022 US Open onwards shows the tide might be turning in the American’s favour. We might just be doffing our caps to Cantlay in 2024.
Matt Coles: Rickie Fowler
This might be one that people weren’t expecting, but Rickie Fowler finished in the top three when the PGA Championship was last held at Valhalla. Following a return to form in 2023, where he won for the first time in four years and returned to the Ryder Cup fold, Fowler is in line to reach the very top of the game in 2024.
Who takes the US Open crown?
Like the PGA Championship, the US Open will also return to a former venue, and again it has been ten years since…
Germany’s Martin Kaymer secured his second major title at Pinehurst No.2 in 2024, but who do our team fancy for glory this time round?
Matthew Beedle: Brooks Koepka
The biggest of big game players, you can’t go wrong with backing Brooks Koepka at a major championship. In 2014, Pinehurst was the catalyst for the American’s major successes, when relatively unknown, he carded a T4 finish having only made one major championship cut in his career prior to the tournament.
Koepka would go on to finish inside the top 20 18 times in his next 22 major championship starts, winning four in that same time period. Koepka LOVES to wrap up majors at hard golf courses.
Steve Carroll: Brooks Koepka
Martin Kaymer destroyed Pinehurst No. 2 back in 2014, and the layout’s peculiar demands – huge sandy areas combined with some extremely difficult green complexes – favours another blowout victor. Who could it be?
I’m going to back Brooks Koepka to grab a third title in imperious fashion. When injury free, Koepka is absolute money in American majors – finishing second at the Masters, winning the PGA Championship, and a top 20 at the US Open in 2023.
While I expect Koepka to feature at the Masters too, there is a pattern to his major wins (he has two of these already at Erin Hills and Shinnecock Hills) which could see him emerge victorious in North Carolina.
Matt Coles: Scottie Scheffler
T7, T2, 3rd. That is Scottie Scheffler’s record at the last three US Opens. Already a major champion and the world’s best player, I would expect Scheffler to use his game to its full at Pinehurst to take home the US Open crown.
Dan Murphy: Viktor Hovland
With no rough around the greens, Viktor can happily bump-and-run or get the putter out when he occasionally misses a green. Get your bet on now.
Matt Chivers: Will Zalatoris
Providing he’s back to full fitness, Will Zalatoris should have a great shot at Pinehurst to become a first-time major champion.
Who lifts the Claret Jug?
2016 was the last time that Royal Troon hosted the Open Championship, with Henrik Stenson making history by becoming the first male Scandinavian to win a major.
Eight years on, will we get another first time winner of the sport’s oldest major championship?
Matt Chivers: Jon Rahm
Rahm will surely win an Open Championship one day, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be in 2024.
Steve Carroll: Jon Rahm
Another LIV player winning a major in 2024? Whatever you feel about the level of competition on the 54-hole tour, it hasn’t stopped its biggest stars featuring in the upper echelons of big four tournaments. If form showed that the Masters was the likeliest major Jon Rahm would win (four top 10s before he won in 2023), his recent form at The Open has been just as promising.
Tied for second behind runaway winner Brian Harman at Hoylake – very creditable given the conditions – he was also tied for third at Royal St George’s in 2021. He’s got form on links tracks, winning the Irish Open at Lahinch and Portstewart, and Royal Troon’s difficult back 9 could well play to his exceptional ball striking.
Matthew Beedle: Tom Kim
The last four Open Championships at Royal Troon have cooked up first-time major champions and I’m going for Tom Kim to continue that trend when golf’s oldest major visits the Ayrshire coastline.
It’s evident the South Korean is one of the most talented players in the game and backed this up with a stellar record at last year’s major championships, with a record of T16-MC-T8-T2 at golf’s biggest stages.
Most notably, Kim has enjoyed large successes on links courses in the last two years, finishing 3rd at the Scottish Open in 2022, T6 in 2023 after fading away in the final round, and climbing to an impressive T2 finish at Royal Liverpool last year.
Matt Coles: Tommy Fleetwood
I agree with Matthew and believe that it will be another first-time major champion who wins at Royal Troon. However, I think that Englishman Tommy Fleetwood will finally get that monkey off his back and win not only on the PGA Tour for the first time, but to claim a first major as well.
Dan Murphy: Sergio Garcia
People may think his best days are behind him, but he will prove them wrong at Royal Troon by winning the Claret Jug he so richly deserves for a careers of links excellence and ball-striking majesty.
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