Kevin Sutherland is making the most of his opportunities to play the majors this season. (Dunn/Getty Images)
Sutherland heads to Hazeltine seeking to keep major streak alive
Kevin Sutherland is eligible for all four majors this year for only the second time in his 22 years as a pro. Impressively, he's among only 15 players who have made the cut in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open so far this season.
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- The pressure is on Kevin Sutherland at the PGA Championship.
Sutherland is eligible for all four majors for only the second time in his 22 years as a pro, yet he’s among only 15 players who made the cut in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.
That list doesn’t include Tiger Woods, who left Turnberry early; and Phil Mickelson, who didn’t play the British Open.
Masters champion Angel Cabrera is the only player to win a major and make the cut in the other two -- Lucas Glover didn’t qualify for the Masters and missed the cut at the British Open, while Stewart Cink missed the cut at the Masters.
None of the 15 has lit it up at each major. The consistency award probably would go to Ross Fisher of England. He finished under par at the Masters (tied for 30th) and the U.S. Open (fifth), and was leading early in the final round of the British Open before the quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole sent him to a 75 and a tied for 13th.
The 15 players to make the cut in all three majors: Sutherland, Cabrera, Fisher, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Sean O’Hair, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Andres Romero.
The more dubious list is for those who have yet to make a cut in all three majors. That would be Briny Baird, D.J. Trahan, Brandt Snedeker, Michael Campbell and Alvaro Quiros.
But at least they qualified for all three. Scott Verplank and Woody Austin, members of the last Presidents Cup team, have yet to play in any major this year.