Former European No 1 Ronan Rafferty believes it is only a matter of time before English duo Lee Westwood and Luke Donald become Major champions.

Current world No 1 Donald and No 2 Westwood have received a fair amount of criticism for managing to reach the top of the Official World Golf Ranking without winning a Major.

But Rafferty believes the two Englishmen just needed some luck at the right time to end their Major drought.

"It's only a little spark that lights the flame under a golfer," Rafferty said. "I'm sure if they keep putting themselves in position the door will open for them.

"We are all assuming they are under pressure, but in reality it may be just that they haven't got the right break at the right time.

"In golf there is always a shot somewhere down the line that changes your fate or fortune. Maybe it's just that it hasn't happened to them yet," added the 47-year-old Northern Irishman.

Rafferty used Darren Clarke's British Open win earlier this year as an example of what he meant.

"Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason to golf, it is all about what happens on the day," said Rafferty.

"Look at Darren at the Open. He hadn't contended in a Major championship for years and all of a sudden he played the golf of his life.

"Darren was a 175-1 outsider going into the Open. You wouldn't have picked him as a potential winner even if you had 20 choices. But lo and behold he played a standard of golf that probably amazes him even today," added Rafferty.

Rafferty is a big believer in Donald’s game, but doesn’t think he’ll ever be a flashy golfer.

"Luke has got the game to win a Major and his game is probably more likely to win a US Major than the British Open," Rafferty explained.

"He just hits the ball down the middle, holes a few putts and posts a 68. He's the pro's pro, but he'll never be a flashy player."

Westwood is older than Donald and Rafferty said the 38-year-old is under a bit more pressure than Donald.

"We all admire Lee because he was a top-class player who suffered a spell in the doldrums and then re-dedicated himself to the game and became the world No 1 for a time," he said.

"He is a contender every time he tees up at a tournament, but it will be frustrating for him that's he's not won a Major yet.

"While other people around him are winning Majors he'll be thinking 'Where's my break?'. But if you are that dedicated and you are a class player like him, your moment will eventually come."