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Dustin Johnson Will End Major Slump First, Says Top 100 Teachers

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Which major-less player will finally break through this year? Our Top 100 Teachers say Dustin Johnson is the guy.

We polled our Top 100 and asked which player without a major has the best chance of winning one in 2016, and 40% of those who responded said it will be the 31-year-old Johnson, who famously missed out on winning (and then forcing a playoff) at last year's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Rickie Fowler, the winner of last year's Players Championship, received 26% of the vote, and Henrik Stenson earned 22% of the vote.

"As (Johnson) gets all parts of his life together he will definitely win more than one major," said Brian Mogg of Waldorf-Astoria Golf Club in Orlando.

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The second question we asked our panel was regarding the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota. European captain Darren Clarke recently said the U.S. squad should be favored (despite winning just once in the last seven meetings).

The majority of our teachers agreed, although it was nearly a split decision with 56% saying the Americans should be considered the favorite at this point.

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Lastly, we asked our teachers which 2016 event they were most looking forward to. An overwhelming amount, 69% percent, said they are most excited for the Masters in April. Coming in second was the Ryder Cup at 15%.

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