There comes a time in every successful golfer's career when, if they have not yet won a major championship, the pressure to do so increases with each passing year.
If a lot goes well, the top 10 finishes begin to pile up. And if a player is really fortunate, the victories begin to accumulate. But let's say those wins are not major-championship wins. That's where the problems begin.
For some players, winning a major comes naturally. It seems like an easy process.
Take reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley as an example. The first time he played in a major, he won it, at last year's PGA Championship. Immediately, any pressure that might have gained momentum as Bradley enjoyed success from year-to-year without a major win on his resume was erased.
Bradley had the right idea. He just got his first major championship out of the way during his rookie season on tour.
But, for most, that is not a luxury that can be enjoyed. In fact, it's very rare. Only two other golfers aside from Bradley have done it—Ben Curtis at the 2003 Open Championship and Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open. Winning a major is major. It takes incredible skill, of course, but it also takes some luck—you know—right place, right time.
And that brings us to those players who have struggled for a long time—or a short time—to accomplish this fete. Bottom line: they're supposed to win a major and haven't yet.
Here are the top nine golfers that have yet to claim their first major championship.