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The Best Players To Have Never Won a Major: Part 2

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The Best Players To Have Never Won a Major: Part 2

Having already announced positions 10-6, we are now into the business end of our list: who are ‘The Best Players To Have Never Won a Major?’

 

5. Steve Stricker

The current American Ryder Cup Captain has had a glittering career spanning 30 years, but has never claimed a major championship.

A 12-time PGA Tour winner, including the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Stricker has played in many major competitions, with his best result a second place finish in the 1998 PGA Championship.

Now residing on the PGA Champions Tour, the 53-year-old American has claimed two of their major championships; the Regions Tradition and the US Senior Open.

However, with his many accolades, Stricker will certainly go down as one of the best players to have never won a major.

4. Matt Kuchar

American Matt Kuchar is next on the list, with 16 wins worldwide. Kuchar has never tasted major success, but has claimed some of golf’s biggest scalps.

The 41-year-old is a former WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and also a Players Championship winner (PGA Tour’s flagship event).

Despite these wins, Kuchar holds the accolade of the highest-earning PGA Tour player without a major championship win, with career earnings exceeding $50 million.

Finishing in the Top 10 in every major, his best result came in 2017 at The Open, where he held a one-shot lead with five holes to go. His nearest rival, Jordan Spieth went on to play those holes in five-under and won the title by three shots from Kuchar.

3. Luke Donald

The 42-year-old has 17 professional wins to his career and was PGA Player of the Year and European Tour Player of the Year in 2011.

For Donald, the years 2010, 2011 & 2012 were his strongest yet. During this time he won five European Tour events, three PGA Tour events and reached World Number 1; which he held for 56 weeks.

With these successes, he became the first player to claim top rank on both PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year. It also should be noted that Donald has never been on a losing Ryder Cup side, and has one of the best records in the history of the cup.

The Englishman’s form in majors is very good; he has placed in the Top 10 in all four of the championships. However, this form has dropped in the last few years.

2. Lee Westwood

The 47-year-old is one of the most decorated golfers in history. He has 44 professional wins to his name, but has never won a major. Westwood is one of only a handful of players to win on six continents, and also claim tournament wins in the 90’s, 00’s, 10’s and 20’s.

The Englishman has achieved 25 wins on the European Tour, which puts him 8th on the all time winner’s list since the Tour began. In majors, the former World Number 1 has been runner-up twice at The Masters (2010 & 2016) and once at The Open in 2010.

Having won already this year, Westwood still has the game to win himself a major.

1. Colin Montgomerie

Being inducted into Golf’s Hall of Fame in 2013, the Scotsman is regarded as ‘The Greatest Player to Never Win a Major.’

Montgomerie has won pretty much everything in the game, with over 50 professional wins, including 31 European Tour titles (4th of all time) and a record eight Order of Merit titles.

Although Montgomerie has had three Major wins on the Senior Tour, he never achieved a major win on the Men’s Tour.

The 56-year-old has had several close encounters in majors throughout his career, finishing runner up five times; three times at the US Open, once at The Open and once at the PGA Championship.

 

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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