The 10 Best Golfers Never to Win a Major
The 10 Best Golfers Never To Win a Major
In today's world of Professional Sports, fans don't want to hear about how many games or tournaments you have won in your career, they want to know how many rings you have. In Professional Golf, participants are lucky, instead of waiting an entire season to win a championship, they have four opportunities a year to get that monkey off of their back.
The first chance comes at the mecca of golf in April, The Masters. The Masters is the only Major golf tournament of the year that is played at the same venue every year, and is in my opinion, the most beautiful setting in the world for a golf tournament. 2012 saw a new member to the majors club. Bubba Watson pulled off one of the finest shots I've seen to collect his first Green Jacket, and his first major.
The US Open comes in June, and it's conclussion is always on Fathers Day Sunday. Our national open championship is sponsored by the USGA, and anyone on the planet can play in this tournament, as long as they go through qualifying. The 2012 US Open saw another newbie in the major club. Webb Simpson won his first US Open, and like Watson, his first major.
The world calls the year's third major, the Open Championship, we here in the USA call it the British Open. Players wanting to win the Claret Jug, usually have to battle a very tough golf course, as well as the elements. Ernie Els won the 2012 Open, which was his fourth major championship. Ernie won his first Open Championship in 2002 to go along with two US Open titles in 1994, and 1997.
The last chance for the year is the PGA Championship. This tournament is played on a different venue every year, but is always held in the good old USA. Rory McIlroy won his second Major title in 2012 at Kiawah Island in August. Rory has two Major titles, the first coming at the US Open in 2012.
The golfer with the most Major victories is Jack Nicklaus with 18 titles. His last came at Augusta in 1986 at the age of 46, he won his sixth Green Jacket. The active golfer who is looking to beat this record is Tiger Woods. Tiger has 14 major championships, but since the 2008 US Open, has went win less in the Majors.
I have put up a list of ten golfer who I think were very good golfers, but like Dan Marino, who never won a Super Bowl, these gentlemen have never won a Major Golf Championship.
Number 10 Kenny Perry
Kenny Perry is 52 years old, and turned pro in 1982. He has won 19 tournaments, with 14 coming on the PGA Tour, and two on the Champions Tour. His best finish in the majors was a second place at both the Masters, and The PGA. He had a 3rd place at the US Open , and an 8th place at the Open Championship.
Number 9 Brad Faxon
Brad Faxon is 51 years old, and turned pro in 1983. He has 20 career wins, with eight coming on the PGA Tour, and one on the Champions Tour. His best major finish came in 1995 with a 5th at the PGA Championship, he had a 7th at the 1994 Open, and 9th at the 1993 Masters. His best finish in the US Open was two T33's in 1989, and 1994.
Number 8 Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar is 34 years old, and turned pro in 2000. He won the Players Championship in 2012, and some people call this the 5th major, but, sorry Matt, it's still not a real major. He has won seven tournaments as a professional, with four coming on the PGA Tour. He has been close in the majors with a 3rd in this years Masters to go with a 9th at the US Open. He finished 6th in the 2010 US Open, and a 10th at the 2010 PGA.
Number 7 Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker is 45 years old, and turned pro in 1990. He has 20 professional wins, with eight coming on the PGA Tour. His best major finish was a 2nd place at the 1998 PGA Championship. He finished 5th twice at the US Open in 1998 and 1999. He got a 6th at the 2009 Masters, and a 7th at the 2008 Open Championship.
Number 6 Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson, a 43 year old Swede, turned pro in 1989, and joined the European Tour in 1991, and the PGA Tour in 2011. He has 12 professional wins, with 11 coming on the European Tour which is tied for 20th best all time. He has never won on the PGA Tour. His best major finishes were a 4th at the 2008 US Open, and a 4th at the 2011 PGA Championship. He finished 5th at the 1992 Open Championship, and an 8th at the 2008 Masters.
Number 5 Justin Rose
Justin Rose is 32 years old, and turned pro in 1998 after he scared all of the pro's at the 1998 Open Championship when he turned in a 4th place finish as an amateur. He has 13 wins as a professional with them coming from all over the world. He has four wins on the PGA Tour and five on the European Tour. His best finish in a major was a 3rd place this year at the PGA. He finished 5th at the 2003 US Open, and the 2007 Masters.
Number 4 Luke Donald
Luke Donald is 35 years old, and turned pro in 2001. He has 14 professional wins, with seven coming on the European Tour, and four on the PGA Tour. He joined the European Tour in 2003. Donald had a 3rd place finish in the 2005 Masters, and the 2006 PGA. He finished 5th in the 2009, and 2012 Open Championship. He finished 12th in the 2006 US Open.
Number 3 Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia is 32 years old, and turned pro in 1999. He has 23 professional wins with eight on the PGA Tour, and 11 on the European Tour. He joined both tours in 1999. He came close in his first PGA Championship in 1999, where he finished 2nd. He also finished 2nd in the 2008 PGA. He finished 2nd in the 2007 Open Championship, 3rd in the 2005 US Open, and 4th at the 2004 Masters.
Number 2 Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood is 39 years old, and turned pro in 1993, and has won 39 professional tournaments. 22 wins came on the European Tour which is 9th all time, and he has two wins on the PGA Tour. He finished in second place in both the 2010 Masters, and Open Championship. He has 3rd place finishes at the 2008 and 2011 US Opens, and a 3rd at the 2009 PGA.
Number 1 Colin Montgomery
Colin Montgomery is 49 years old, and turned pro in 1987. He has 40 professional wins with 31 coming on the European Tour which is good for 4th all time. He has never had a win on the PGA Tour. He has finished 2nd place in three of the major tournaments, only the Masters where he had an 8th place in 1998. He had three seconds at the US Open, in 1994, 1997, and 2006. He finished 2nd in the 2005 Open Championship, and 2nd in the 1995 PGA.