Jimmy Walker’s thrilling victory at the PGA Championship completed a calendar year of maiden major champions for only the fifth time since the war.
Walker held off Jason Day to clinch a one-shot win at Baltusrol after a marathon 36-hole final day as he made his major breakthrough at the age of 37.
Stenson claimed a three-shot win over Phil Mickelson in an epic final round at Royal Troon, becoming the fourth consecutive major champion never to have previously won one of golf’s main four events.
With Danny Willett claiming Masters victory and Dustin Johnson ending his long run of near-misses by winning the US Open at Oakmont, we take a look at the other four years celebrating a clean sweep of maiden major winners…
Heading into the final day six shots behind joint leaders Arnold Palmer and Stan Leonard, Art Wall Jr produced a stunning round of 66, including five birdies in his last five holes, to win the Masters by a single stroke from Cary Middlecoff.
A couple of months later, Billy Casper picked up the first of his three major titles with victory in the US Open at Winged Foot. Having led since the second round, a final-round 74 was enough to see him pip Bob Rosburg to the title.
Muirfield played host to The Open later that summer and it was the turn of Gary Player to break his major championship duck. The South African came from four shots back to win by two shots from Fred Bullock.
After his near miss at Winged Foot, Rosburg claimed his only major win in the PGA Championship at Minneapolis thanks to a record-equalling 30 on the front nine in his final round, overturning a six-shot deficit on third-round leader Jerry Barber.
George Archer claimed his one and only major title as he held off the challenges of Casper, Tom Weiskopf and George Knudson to win the Masters.
The next major of the year saw Orville Moody defy the odds to triumph at the US Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston. The then 35-year-old made it through both local and sectional qualifying before going on to win what proved to be his only tournament on the PGA Tour.
In an era dominated by American players, Tony Jacklin bucked the trend at Royal Lytham & St Annes to become the first British winner at The Open for 18 years with a final round 72 seeing him finish two shots clear of Bob Charles.
NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio was the setting for Raymond Floyd’s success at the PGA Championship. The Californian took a five-shot lead into the final round but despite a few wobbles, his round of 74 was enough to hold off Player by a shot.
The 67th Masters produced the first left-handed winner as Mike Weir became Canada’s maiden major champion when he prevailed in a play-off over Len Mattiace.
Jim Furyk’s one and so far only major success came at Olympia Fields in the US Open, where the 36-hole joint-leader extended his advantage over the weekend to claim a three-shot win over the chasing pack.
In arguably the biggest surprise in golfing history, world No 396 Ben Curtis upstaged the rest of the field the following month to claim Open Championship victory, becoming the lowest-ranked major winner ever in his first major start.
Shaun Micheel completed the set of new winners, with a tap-in birdie after a stunning approach to the 18th on Sunday left him two clear of nearest challenger Chad Campbell at the PGA Championship.
Charl Schwartzel birdied his last four holes on his way to a closing six-under 66 at the Masters, seeing him finish two clear of Jason Day and Adam Scott on a day where eight different players held at least a share of the lead.
Rory McIlroy had famously let a final-round lead slip as he slumped to an eight-over 80 at Augusta, but responded in style two months later to claim a record-breaking eight-stroke victory at the US Open.
Another Northern Irishman reached the winner’s circle a month later at Royal St Georges, where Darren Clarke could afford to bogey his final two holes and still finish three clear of the chasing pack at The Open.
Keegan Bradley then edged to PGA Championship victory in Georgia in his first ever major appearance, sneaking past Jason Dufner in a three-hole play-off.
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