6 Golf Stars Who Will Never Win a Major

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2012

6 Golf Stars Who Will Never Win a Major

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    For many golfers, it's not about the money won on tour, it's about the championships.

    For others, it's not about the championships, it's about the majors.

    As hard as it is to win a title on the PGA tour, it's even more difficult to win one of the four majors.

    For one thing, it's difficult even to gain an invitation to play. You have to be an elite player who has achieved a certain status on the tour and you have to have won tournaments.

    But even when you earn your spot to play in a major, you are competing against the best of the best when they are the most motivated.

    You have to be a lot more than good to win.

    Some players are considered great all-around players but will never win a major. Here's a look at six of them.

Sergio Garcia

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    Sergio Garcia is one of the best and most charismatic golfers in the world. However, when it comes to winning majors, he has been blanked.

    It looked like he was going to become Tiger Woods' top rival when he finished tied for second in the 1999 PGA Tournament, but that turned out to be a blush of excitement that he could not repeat.

    Garcia did not have another top showing until he finished second in the 2007 British Open and second the following year in the PGA.

    Garcia may continue to be one of the most exciting players on the tour, but it seems like winning a major is too much for him.

    He'll probably get close a few more times, but he won't get that much-needed major triumph.

Colin Montgomerie

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    While Colin Montgomerie has never won a PGA tournament, he has been a dominant golfer on the other side of the Atlantic.

    When the Scottish native finished second in the 1994 U.S. Open, it seemed to be a coming out party for him. However, he was just teasing his fans with that performance.

    Montgomerie finished second in the 1995 PGA and in the U.S. Open in 1996.

    He was out of major contention until 2005, when he finished second in the British Open.

    It seems as though he has run out of opportunities and he rarely played in 2012. He finished 6th at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August, his best performance in years.

    He has had a brilliant career and he has won eight European Order of Merit titles, but one of golf's four majors will not be in his future.

Steve Stricker

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    Steve Stricker is one of the most consistent golfers on the tour and is often considered one of the best putters.

    However, when it comes to the majors, Stricker is rarely at his best. The 45-year-old Stricker has never won a major.

    He has rarely been close. Stricker finished second in the 1998 PGA, but he has not been a top-three finisher since.

    In 2011, Stricker's best showing in the majors was a tie for 11th in the Masters. In 2012, he tied for seventh in the PGA.

    He may be one of Tiger Woods' best friends, but he just doesn't seem to hold it together in major tournaments.

Adam Scott

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    This may be going out on a limb that will eventually be sawed off, but it says here that Adam Scott is not going to find himself in the winner's circle at a major event.

    He has come close. In 2011, he tied for second in the U.S. Open. This summer, the Australian finished in second place at the British Open.

    The feeling is that Scott is good enough to get himself close, but he is not good enough to cross the finish line ahead of the pack.

    He certainly has the beautiful swing to become a champion, but somehow he misses his best opportunities.

K.J. Choi

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    K.J. Choi is the most successful Asian-born player on the PGA tour.

    He has won eight tournaments, including the 2011 Players Championship.

    However, when it comes to winning majors, Choi has not had any luck. He has struggled mightily in the majors and has never exceeded the third-place finish he recorded at the 2004 Masters.

    Choi is not a huge hitter, and when he is successful, he plays with remarkable accuracy.

    He has not fared well in recent majors. He failed to make the cut in this year's Masters and finished tied for 54th in the PGA. He tied for 39th in the British Open, and his best showing was a tie for 15th in the U.S. Open.

Miguel Angel Jimenez

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    The long-haired Spaniard is easy to notice on the tour.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez strides the course with flair and confidence and is a keen shotmaker who can be quite inventive on the course.

    While he is better known in Europe, he has had some success on the PGA tour. His best performance at a major was finishing second in the 2000 U.S. Open. He also finished tied for sixth in the 2008 U.S. Open.

    It's unlikely that Jimenez, 48, will ever find his way into the winner's circle at any of the majors.