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This nifty chart tells you all you need to know about Northern Ireland's Golden Generation in golf

Can the USA hack the pressure?

THE POPULATION OF Northern Ireland’s six counties is just 1.8 million people, but as Sky Sports showed this morning, they’re batting way above average at the top level of golf.

That catchment of the last 18 majors stretches back to Graeme McDowell’s US Open win in 2010. Since then there has only been one year without a Northern Irish winner of the four major tournaments – last year.

If you want to round up the stat to include an even 20 majors then the US (population 314 million) edge a further stroke clear thanks to Phil Mickelson. And when you go back through the last 30 majors Padraig Harrington’s treble gives the island of Ireland eight majors compared to 11 claimed by Americans.

So watch your back, USA.

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