American golf is in a great spot with 15 players representing the Stars and Stripes in the top 25 of the world rankings. Five golfers stick out, and we break down why they're in store for a big 2024.
Three of last year's four Majors went the way of Americans, with Brooks Koepka winning the PGA Championship, Wyndham Clark making his Major breakthrough in the US Open, and Brian Harman taking the Open Championship.
The Ryder Cup did not go the way of the Americans, but that won't stop the following golfers from competing for majors in 2024.
Here we take a look at five Americans who can be expected to make an impact over the year ahead.
World number one Scottie Scheffler endured a significant putting slump last season, suffering an excruciating Ryder Cup, but he may have found a solution to his issues on the greens.
Scheffler has teamed up with renowned putting coach Phil Kenyon, and their union saw immediate results when red-hot Scottie won the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas in the first week of December.
Such is the quality of Scheffler's long game, the rest of the golfing world knows that they are in trouble if he starts producing top-class putting too, and his easy World Challenge success will have the rest of the elite fretting.
Scheffler won the Masters in 2022 and will expect to contend at Augusta again. He is priced at +162 to win a Major in 2024.
The career progress of Max Homa continued with a first overseas success in the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa in November - and the popular Californian could be ready for even greater strides in the months to come.
Homa is an experienced 33-year-old who has been at both ends of the golfing spectrum - going from struggling for a PGA Tour card and wondering whether he had a future in the game to being the top scorer for his team in the Ryder Cup last year.
Homa played well at Marco Simone GC in Italy on his Ryder Cup debut, battling to three-and-a-half points from five matches despite being on a side that was beaten 16.5-11.5. The next step for Homa is to contend in Majors and 10th place in last year's Open provided further encouragement.
He is +800 to secure his Major breakthrough this year.
Starting 2024 languishing at 26th in the world rankings, former world number one Justin Thomas will expect to make rapid progress upwards. The two-time PGA Championship winner will be pinpointing that tournament, where he is priced at +2500, as a great opportunity to get back among the elite.
Thomas suffered a significant slump, but the end of last year provided encouragement as he finished in 12th place in the Wyndham Championship followed by fifth in the Fortinet Championship, fourth in the Nedbank Challenge and third in the Hero World Challenge.
Thomas appears to be getting back to his best and the PGA Championship in May at Valhalla - in his home state of Kentucky - is an event he is particularly relishing.
An American who could use 2024 to establish himself in the higher echelons of the sport is Justin Suh, a former world number one amateur who looks ready for take-off in the months ahead.
Suh has won on the Korn Ferry Tour and threatened PGA Tour glory, finishing fifth in the Honda Classic last year, following up with sixth spot in the Players Championship and fourth in the World Wide Technology Championship.
At the age of 26, the Californian looks primed for a breakthrough, as his ball-striking can be sensational. An upturn in putting form in the year ahead could see the current world number 69 lifting silverware.
The forgotten man of American golf may be Dustin Johnson, who was one of the first players to sign for LIV when the golfing landscape changed in 2022. Of course, a PGA Tour ban followed, but Johnson is exempt for all the Majors and could make a significant impact in them in 2024.
Johnson won the Masters in 2020, which resulted in a qualification exemption for all Majors through 2025. DJ knows he is capable of winning any of the four most prestigious tournaments of 2024 - and the US Open, which he is priced at +3300 to win, could prove a particularly exciting week for the giant from South Carolina.
Johnson won the US Open in 2016 after finishing runner-up in 2015, and his record at the tournament is hugely consistent. This year's edition will hold great appeal for DJ, given it is at Pinehurst. He adores the Carolinas and finished fourth in the last US Open at Pinehurst in 2014.
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