Best golfers never to win a major

Published 04/10/2008 16:31:15

The majors are the pinnacle of a golfer's career, four special events that define who are the players of a generation. Jack got 18, Tiger's stuck on 14 until he fixes his knee. But who are the players who couldn't quite do it when all the cameras were on them? Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington dominated this list for years, but both now have three to their names.


Colin Montgomerie


Monty has had a massively impressive career: eight Order of Merit titles, 31 European Tour victories and brilliant performances in a period of European Ryder Cup domination. Oh and he's also finished runner-up five times in major competitions.


Montgomerie was a consistent performer in the majors on both sides of the Atlantic, with perhaps his closest event being the 1994 US Open, eventually losing a three-man playoff.


What made Monty come up short when it mattered? You can't blame nerves or lack of belief, he performed excellently in all of his Ryder Cup matches and has never lost a singles match in the competition. We can only think the psychological element has taken over and sadly Colin will never lose this tag as his game appears to decline.


Sergio Garcia

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Garcia emerged just after Tiger Woods in 1999 amid a blaze of publicity and pomp. Many thought it would simply be a matter of time before the talented Spaniard broke his duck. However Garcia has finished second three times, losing out memorably in a playoff to Padraig Harrington in 2007.


Will Garcia break through before his game starts to deteriorate? Well that depends on if he can learn to use his putter under any pressure whatsoever. Time and again his putting has let him down. Pass the tag on Sergio, before it crushes you!


Adam Scott


Talented Australian has proven he can compete, and beat, the best players but has yet to challenge in a major. Ranked 5 in the world and still young but must step up or be deemed a failure.


Henrik Stenson


Ranked #9 in the world, the talented Swede has competed on the European tour, performed in two Ryder Cups yet played poorly in the majors. He did manage third at blustery Birkdale in 2008 but should have been knocking on the door more heavily in Woods' absence.


Luke Donald


Donald has been a great performer on the European tour and reached the world top 10 in 2007. Despite a couple of third place finishes, Donald hasn't really turned it on at a major.


Lee Westwood


A European tour stalwart, Westwood was the player to end Monty's era of dominance on the Order of Merit. Despite being tipped time and again (mostly by European journalists), Westwood has yet to finish higher than third and has a particularly bad record on American soil, often missing the cut.


1.  Wish we could cross Westwood off this list. But he is getting closer!

comment by Dave P - 14/04/2010 10:09

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