Reigning British Open champ Ernie Els shot a 72 yesterday and was tied for 45th after day one, six shots back of leader Carl Petterson after the first round of the PGA Championship.
It has been well-documented that in the last 16 majors there have been 16 different winners. This goes back to 2008 when Padraig Harrington won the 2008 British Open and then won the 2008 PGA Championship. Since then, we have had a different winner of the majors in all 16 events; when Els won the 2012 British Open he became the 16th different golfer to win a major in the last 16 events.
In looking at the last 16 winners of the majors, we discover that they haven’t played all that well in the next major following their major victory. In fact, of the last eight major winners, four did not make the cut in their next major, one did not play in the next major, and the other three finished tied for ninth, tied for 25th and tied for 27th.