Take a look at the top-10 players in world golf at this moment in time and it makes for rather interesting reading. There are four representatives from America, three from the UK, two from Australia and one from Germany. The average age is a fraction over 31 and players from America and the UK are dominating the sport.

Here, we run the rule over the recent exploits of the top three players from both the UK and US following last weekend’s US PGA Championship, the final major of 2011.

The UK

Luke Donald

Wentworth ClubhouseIt’s been an incredible golfing year for the 33-year-old after he claimed the number one spot in the world rankings with a play-off victory over Lee Westwood at the PGA Championship at Wentworth back in May. That continued rise in prominence came off the back of helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in the previous October. However, there’s one blot on Donald’s copybook and that’s the fact he’s still waiting to sample his first success in a major. “It’s the one disappointment of the season,” he said after the US PGA Championship.

Lee Westwood

Westwood was world number one before losing the mantle to Donald at Wentworth in such dramatic fashion. Like his fellow countryman, Westwood’s CV also lacks a win in a major and the attention that creates seems to irk the 38-yearold somewhat. He said after finishing eighth in Atlanta last weekend: “I have enjoyed playing great for a long time now, but unfortunately when I turn up to majors and I don’t win it’s a disappointing week for everybody it seems – and obviously for me.”

Rory McIIroy

The pundits ran out of superlatives to describe McIlroy’s performance at the US Open, such was the magnitude of his achievement. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman banished the memories of his Masters meltdown two months previously by rewriting the history books at the Congressional Country Club. His eight-shot victory paved the way for a new record-low score of 268, which was 16-under-par. McIlroy swept aside all before him in such devastating fashion.

The US

Steve Stricker

It was a case of what could have been for Stricker at the US PGA Championship, the latest in a long line of unsuccessful attempts to break his major duck. The 44-year-old tied the record for the lowest score in one of golf’s majors with an opening-round 63 to lead by two shots only to then fade away with rounds of 74, 69 and 73. Stricker can at least take some solace from the fact that he’s the highest-ranked American for the first time and that eight of his 11 PGA Tour titles have come since he turned 40.

Phil Mickelson

Mickelson is as popular as ever with golf fans and briefly threatened to end his wait for Open success in July before Darren Clarke held his nerve to take the spoils and trigger emotionally-charged scenes at the 18th that’ll live long in the memory. Magnanimous in defeat, Mickelson looked genuinely delighted that Clarke became the third major winner to hail from Northern Ireland in little over a year, winning over more admirers in the process.

Dustin Johnson

Shrugging off the tag of ‘nearly man’ is proving problematic to say the least for Johnson. Near misses at the PGA Championship and US Open in 2010 were followed this year by another false start, this time at the British Open. Johnson was giving eventual winner Clarke a real run for his money before hitting out of bounds at the 14th on the final round. He ended joint second with Mickelson, but at least his best finish in a major will give him high hopes heading into 2012.