Best players to never win a major so far
Another years of majors is upon us and it's another opportunity for members of golf’s most unwanted club to break through.
It’s better known as being called, the best player to never win a major club.
It’s the club that no player wants to be a part of, yet for some can’t seem to escape.
Since Tiger Woods last major winning year in 2008 and the ensuing scandal we’ve seen 15 of 17 majors go to first time winners.
Yet with Tiger’s decline in form over those years these players haven’t been able to seize the opportunity and win their first major.
So who are the unlucky golfers that have membership in professional golf’s most unwanted club?
Here are my top 5
Despite finishing with many top 10’s in the last 5 years of majors he hasn’t really put himself in a position to win the big one.
Donald’s problem continues to be his driving where he ranks outside the top 100 in total driving statistics.
His short game is second to none but continues to struggle in the majors by not finding the fairway on a regular basis.
With a poor US Open record to his name it would seem the final 2 majors of the year are his best chance to win his first.
Professional golf’s heartbreak kid has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in past years for a highly publicized spat with world number one Tiger Woods.
Whether it affects his golf at the big tournaments such as the majors remains to be seen.
The Spaniard’s career of near misses in big tournaments is well documented and adding to the list was his ‘implosion’ at the treacherous 17th at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of this year’s Players Championship.
Sergio’s quadruple bogey ruined any chance he had of claiming first prize.
Sergio’s inability to win a major has left him a frustrated man to the point where he made this comment just last year.
“I don’t know what I have to do to win one of these”
Perhaps he doesn’t have the mental strength to play great for 72 holes of major championship golf?
The current world number 27 is best positioned to break his major drought.
His form in recent years has been okay with wins in the last 2 seasons on the PGA Tour and some top 10's in majors.
He backed it up with a strong performance in the Masters only to fade away on the final Sunday when his normal strong putting let him down.
This was the second time in 12 months he’s challenged for a major after knocking on the door at last year’s British Open.
If the Tennessee native is to win a major he’ll need his putter to fire when the heat is on.
At 40 years of age, have we seen the last of the Englishmen fighting it out for that elusive first major?
Like his compatriot Luke Donald, Westwood has enjoyed a stellar career but without a major on his Resume it would seem unfulfilled.
Westwood performed well in last years US Masters finishing in the top 10 but never seriously threatened the leaders.
It’s now the 3rd time in 4 years he’s finished in the top 10 there.
He based himself permanently in Florida in 2013 to adapt better to American conditions to give him the best chance of winning a major.
Whether it pays off for him remains to be seen?
Despite being consistently one of best putters in world golf, Stricker has still yet to win a major.
Now at 49 years of age and playing a reduced schedule to spend more time with his family, he must be wondering if there is still time.
His finished 4th at the Open Championship in 2016 but only played one other major without threatening.
One wonders whether his lack of competitive golf held him back and what impact it will have on his chances in the other 3 majors.
Is there still time for the veteran to capture a major before his time is over?
One thing is for sure, this year’s majors will provide either agony or ecstasy for golf’s most unwanted club members.
Do you agree with this list, or who would you add as the best player to never win a major?
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