US Open: The 15 Greatest Golfers to Never Win

U.S. Open: The 15 Greatest Golfers to Never Win

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With the 2014 U.S. Open set to take center stage this weekend, golfers of the past and present will flock to Pinehurst to take in the festivities. Some golfers will be looking to add another U.S. Open title to their résumé, while others are hopeful they can win for the first time in their career. With that in mind, here’s a look at the 15 greatest golfers to never win the U.S. Open.

15. Lee Westwood

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15. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood
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Major Championships: 0
Lee Westwood is one of the greatest golfers ever to never win a major tournament, which is why he cracks this list. In 2010, he came in second at the Masters and the British Open. Westwood has 40 professional wins, including 23 on the European Tour.

14. Colin Montgomerie

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14. Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie
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Major Championships: 0
Like Westwood, Colin Montgomerie is considered one of the best golfers to ever play who never won a major. He has come in second place five times in a major tournament, including three times at the Masters. Of his 42 career wins, 31 have occurred on the European Tour, which ranks fourth all time.

13. Tom Weiskopf

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13. Tom Weiskopf

Tom Weiskopf
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Major Championships: 1
Tom Weiskopf 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 was victorious at The Open Championship in 1973.

12. Davis Love III

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12. Davis Love III

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Major Championships: 1
Davis Love III has 36 career wins, including 20 on the PGA Tour. As talented as he is, his only major win came at the PGA Championship in 1997. He did manage to come in second at the ’96 U.S. Open.

11. Nick Price

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11. Nick Price

Nick Price
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Major Championships: 3
Among his 50 career wins, 18 of which happened on the PGA Tour, are The Open Championship and PGA Championship. Unfortunately, he was never able to pull out a win at the U.S. Open as he finished fourth in 1992 and 1998.

10. Harry Cooper

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10. Harry Cooper

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Major Championships: 0
Harry Cooper has 29 PGA Tour titles, but he has never won a major tournament. The closest he ever came to doing so was at the Masters in 1936 and 1938 when he came in second place. He also placed second at the U.S. Open twice in 1927 and 1936.

9. Jimmy Demaret

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9. Jimmy Demaret

Jimmy Demaret
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Major Championships: 3
Jimmy Demaret was the first three-time Masters champion in PGA history. He nearly won the U.S. Open in 1948 when he took second place. By time of his retirement in 1959, he had 31 PGA Tour wins.

8. Vijay Singh

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8. Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh
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Major Championships: 3
Vijay Singh has won two PGA Championships and the Masters once. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005 and has 58 professional wins, which includes 34 on the PGA Tour. He came in third place at the 1999 U.S. Open but was never able to secure a victory in the tournament. On top of that, he recorded six top 10 finishes.

7. Nick Faldo

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7. Nick Faldo

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Major Championships: 6
It’s hard to imagine that Nick Faldo would trade any one of his three Masters victories or three British Open wins for one U.S. Open. However, I’m sure he wished he had come through in 1988 when he finished second at the U.S. Open, especially since it was an 18-hole playoff.

6. Greg Norman

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6. Greg Norman

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Major Championships: 2
Greg Norman has squandered so many opportunities in major tournaments that one has to wonder where he would rank all time if he had won half of his second-place finishes. One of the greatest Aussie golfers of all time failed to stay steady when it mattered most. The result was seven instances in which he finished second, including the Masters (3), U.S. Open (2), and PGA Championship (2).

5. Seve Ballesteros

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5. Seve Ballesteros

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Major Championships: 5
Seve Ballesteros’ inconsistent driver failed him several times at the U.S. Open, which was one of the reasons why he finished third in 1987. On the other hand, he does have 91 professional wins. That includes 50 wins on the European Tour, which is more than any other golfer in history.

4. Peter Thomson

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4. 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.

3. Bobby Locke

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3. 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. 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 U.S., although no one could take away his success in the country.

2. Phil Mickelson

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2. Phil Mickelson

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Major Championships: 5
Phil Mickelson is one of the most well liked players on the PGA Tour. It’s great that he’s been able to string some major wins together. Of the five, three have occurred at the Masters. However, placing second six times at the U.S. Open certainly has to take a toll on a man. Maybe 2014 will be his time to shine.

1. Sam Snead

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1. Sam Snead

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Major Championships: 7
Sam Snead is one of the greatest golfers of all time and definitely the best to never win the U.S. Open. His record 82 wins on the PGA Tour is astounding. He’s been fortunate to win seven major championships, including three Masters. The one he wasn’t able to capture was the U.S. Open, despite the fact that he came in second four times.


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