Ranking the 10 Best Current Golfers to Never Win a Major Championship
Adam Scott’s career-changing victory Sunday afternoon at the Masters takes his name off a very unenviable list: the best player to have never won a major.
There are plenty of very talented players on that list—some who have come close to winning one of golf’s four biggest stages. And there are also some very good players who have never come close.
But by the standards that we rank and view players—Official World Golf Rankings, PGA Tour money list, PGA Tour or worldwide wins—these players are the best in the world.
They just haven’t caught lightning in a bottle on the right weekend and been able to win a major.
Here’s a list of the 10 best of those golfers.
10. Nick Watney
Nick Watney is a rising star on the PGA Tour, winning five times.
He won the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship and the 2012 Barclays in the FedEx playoffs.
He finished seventh in the Masters and tied for seventh in the Open Championship in 2010.
Since then, it’s been a little slow on that front.
Last week, he finished in a tie for 13th.
Watney is a guy in his prime and should be contending in the majors.
9. Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter has won 13 times in international competition and twice on the PGA Tour.
Poulter has 41 major starts and has finished in the top 10 six times.
His best major season was in 2012: a seventh at the Masters, a tie for ninth at the Open and tie for third at the PGA Championship.
He missed the cut at the Masters last week.
8. Jason Dufner
The Masters was Jason Dufner’s 17th major start.
Dufner tied for fifth in the 2010 PGA Championship and finished second there in 2011 when he had the lead before squandering it coming down the stretch.
He also posted a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open in 2012.
He has won twice on the PGA Tour after getting his game together over the last few years.
There are few players better from tee to green than Dufner.
He’s gotten off to a slow start in 2013, but the potential remains.
7. Hunter Mahan
The pedigree of Hunter Mahan is a shining one.
He has five wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play.
Mahan has 29 starts in major championships and has recorded only four top 10s, none since the 2010 Masters.
There’s too much talent here for him to not be a bigger player at the biggest times.
In 2013, he’s had seven top-25 finishes in 10 events.
6. Justin Rose
Justin Rose came to Augusta last week as the third-ranked player in the world and deservedly so, with four PGA Tour wins and six international wins.
He’s off to a great start in 2013, but tied for 25th in the Masters.
He’s made starts in majors and has recorded seven top-10 finishes.
He was eighth in last year’s Masters and a tie for third at the PGA Championship.
5. Luke Donald
This guy was the No. 1 player in the world for an extended period of time.
Luke Donald has made 39 starts in majors, has put up three top 10s since 2011, but has never taken a major in his grasp.
He was never a factor in the Masters, finishing 25th.
He’s a five-time winner on the PGA Tour and won seven more wins on the international stage.
He’s 36 years old and, as a short hitter, the chances of his winning will start declining.
4. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson has five top-10 finishes in 17 major starts, including a tie for second in 2011 and tie for ninth in the Open Championship the last two years.
He’s made a couple serious runs at major titles, but made some bad decisions in final rounds.
He’s long off the tee and has developed a good short game.
Johnson has seven PGA Tour wins, including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this year and a pair of top 10s.
This was to be a step up year for Johnson, but he didn’t get off to a great start in the major season with a tie for 13th.
3. Matt Kuchar
This 35-year-old has made 30 major starts, including a tie for third last year in the Masters and a tie for eighth this year.
Matt Kuchar has five top 10s in the majors, but just hasn’t been able to win one.
He has five PGA Tour victories, including the 2012 Players Championship and this year’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
2. Jason Day
For 69 holes of the Masters, it looked like Jason Day was going to be the first Australian to win a Masters.
He’s played in nine majors and has posted four top 10s, including a tie for second in the 2011 Masters and this year’s third in the Masters.
He hasn’t won since 2010, his only win on the PGA Tour, but he’s battled injuries and he took time off after the birth of his family’s first child over the last two years.
He re-dedicated himself coming into this year and has been on fire, culminating in almost winning the Masters.
1. Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker opened the 2013 PGA Tour season hotter than any player in the world.
A rib injury took away that momentum, and the concern was he wouldn’t be able to recover it in time for the Masters.
But there he was, playing in the final group and eventually finishing in a tie for sixth.
He’s played in 22 majors entered, and his best finishes were a pair of thirds.
He will win one, sooner rather than later.