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The 15 Greatest Golfers to Never Win the Masters

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The 15 Greatest Golfers to Never Win the Masters

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The Masters is the most prestigious golf tournament in the sport. Some of the greatest golfers of all time have had the privilege of taking home the coveted green jacked. However, there are also some legendary golfers who never won the big tournament. Check out the 15 greatest golfers to never win the Masters.

15. Tom Weiskopf

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15. Tom Weiskopf

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Major Championships: 1
The Masters was the one tournament Tom Weiskopf looked destined to win, but unfortunately, he could never get the job done. He placed second at the Masters four times from 1969-’75, and he has six top 10 finishes overall. Of Weiskopf’s 16 PGA Tour wins, he did win The Open Championship in 1973.

14. Davis Love III

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14. Davis Love III

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Major Championships: 1
Davis Love III has 20 wins on the PGA Tour. He came close to adding two wins at the Masters to that list when he finished second in 1995 as well as 1999. Overall, Love has finished in the top 10 at the Masters six times.

13. Lloyd Mangrum

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13. Lloyd Mangrum

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Major Championships: 1
Lloyd Mangrum placed second in the Masters on two separate occasions. The first time occurred in 1940 while the other happened nine years later. He also dominated the PGA Tour with 36 of his 42 career wins happening on that tour.

12. Julius Boros

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12. Julius Boros

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Major Championships: 3
Julius Boros won the PGA Championship at 48 years old. Along with that, he posted another 24 career wins, including two victories at the U.S. Open. He did manage to place third in the 1963 Masters. In fact, he finished in the top 10 at the Masters seven times.

11. Nick Price

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11. Nick Price

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Major Championships: 3
Nick Price was the first golfer to shoot a 63 at the Masters, which occurred in 1986. Unfortunately, it didn’t help his cause as he finished fifth in the tournament that year. Among his 50 career wins, 18 of which happened on the PGA Tour, are The Open Championship and PGA Championship.

10. Hale Irwin

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10. Hale Irwin

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Major Championships: 3
Hale Irwin finished in the top 10 at the Masters an incredible seven times. However, he never finished better than fourth, which he did twice. He did have 87 career wins, including 20 on the PGA Tour.

9. Johnny Miller

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9. Johnny Miller

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Major Championships: 2
Johnny Miller fell victim to Jack Nicklaus’ incredible finish at the Masters in 1975. If it weren’t for Nicklaus’ 40-foot putt on the 16th hole, there’s a good chance Miller wouldn’t be eligible to appear on this countdown. He still managed to win the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, but his three second-place finishes at the Masters are a depressing mark on his career.

8. Greg Norman

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8. Greg Norman

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Major Championships: 2
Greg Norman would be higher on this list if he could only come through in the clutch. Unfortunately, one of the greatest Australian golfers of all time failed to stay steady when it mattered most, which resulted in three instances in which he finished second in the Masters. He also finished second in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship four times without winning either tournament.

7. Tommy Armour

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7. Tommy Armour

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Major Championships: 3
Even though Tommy Armour was at the tail end of his career when the Masters was established, he was a fantastic golfer who had 25 wins on the PGA Tour. Armour also won the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship.

6. Peter Thomson

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6. Peter Thomson

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Major Championships: 5
Peter Thomson has won The Open Championship a whopping five times, including three years in a row (1954-56). He’s considered to be the greatest Australian golfer of all time as he has an unmatched 34 wins on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

5. Ernie Els

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5. Ernie Els

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Major Championships: 4
Ernie Els has come close to winning the Masters on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, finishing second in 2000 and 2004 isn’t enough to keep him off this list. Els is getting older, but there was a time when he was one of the most feared golfers in the game.

4. Bobby Locke

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4. Bobby Locke

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Major Championships: 4
Bobby Locke was banned from the PGA Tour in 1949 due to his failure to honor commitments to appear at certain tournaments. However, there is speculation that the real reason is because the other players on the tour didn’t like him. He simply performed at a higher level. After the ban was lifted in 1951, he decided to mostly stay away from the United States. For that reason, he only appeared in two Masters.

3. Lee Trevino

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3. Lee Trevino

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Major Championships: 6
Lee Trevino has 89 career wins, including 29 on the PGA Tour. The best he’s ever finished in the Masters is 10th, which occurred in 1975 and 1985. The biggest reason why Trevino never took home the green jacket was because he didn’t believe his game was good enough to conquer Augusta National. Basically, his mental game was his downfall.

2. Walter Hagen

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2. Walter Hagen

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Major Championships: 11
Walter Hagen only played in six Masters tournaments, from two of which he withdrew. The problem was Hagen was at the end of his career when the Masters was established. Some may say that makes him ineligible, but how can you keep a man who has 45 PGA Tour wins and 75 total professional wins off the countdown?

1. Bobby Jones

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1. Bobby Jones

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Major Championships: 13
Bobby Jones appeared in the Masters every year up until 1948 but was never really in contention to win it. He was well beyond his prime at that point and mostly contributed as the host of the event. However, Jones is one of the greatest golfers of all time, which is why he must appear on this list. Not to mention, he’s the architect of Augusta National.