Golfers Who Desperately Need a Win in 2014

Mike DudurichContributor IJuly 2, 2014

Golfers Who Desperately Need a Win in 2014

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    Making putts has always been a challenge for Keegan Bradley.
    Making putts has always been a challenge for Keegan Bradley.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    The best players on the PGA Tour sometimes make winning look easy, but it's far from that.

    Tiger Woods puts up five wins in a season, and very few golf fans blink.

    But it's not easy at all, and some players who have won in the past but run through a dry spell find that out.

    Lee Westwood is a perfect example of a guy who desperately needs a win, and you can add Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker to that list.

    Here's a list of players sorely in need of getting a "W" in 2014.

Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood has been in a tough place for quite a while.
    Lee Westwood has been in a tough place for quite a while.Chuck Burton/Associated Press

    If it seems like it's been a long time since Lee Westwood last won a PGA Tour event, that's because it has been.

    The Englishman has gone winless since the St. Jude Classic in June 2010.

    The truth of the matter is that Westwood is on the verge of becoming irrelevant. He's missed five cuts in 14 starts this year but finished seventh in the Masters and tied for sixth in The Players Championship.

    And don't forget that he hasn't won a major in 65 tries heading into The Open Championship in a couple of weeks.

     

     

Brandt Snedeker

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    Brandt Snedeker needs to stay out of the trees.
    Brandt Snedeker needs to stay out of the trees.Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

    OK, so winning on the PGA Tour is not easy. There are a lot of very good players out there, and they're all trying to win too.

    But once a player has established himself as a winner, an extended streak of not winning stands out.

    Brandt Snedeker has six PGA Tour victories since 2011 but is on a 25-start streak without a victory since winning the RBC Canadian Open last July.

    Snedeker got off to a wonderful start in 2013 with top-three finishes, including a win, in his first four starts.

    But recurring rib issues knocked him off his stride, and he hasn't been the same since.

     

     

Nick Watney

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    Nick Watney held a great deal of promise once.
    Nick Watney held a great deal of promise once.Matt York/Associated Press

    Nick Watney was another one of those can't-miss guys when he came onto the PGA Tour scene. And he won in 2007, 2009, twice in 2011 and once in 2012 at The Barclays.

    But there's been nothing since.

    He has no top 10s in 18 starts and only two top 25s.

    Watney's stats are below average, but putting is obviously a big problem for him.

Ian Poulter

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    Ian Poulter will be a big factor for Europe in the Ryder Cup this fall.
    Ian Poulter will be a big factor for Europe in the Ryder Cup this fall.Matt Slocum/Associated Press

    Ian Poulter may be the fiercest Ryder Cup competitor in the history of the event, but he has been what many might call an abysmal failure in stroke-play events on the PGA Tour.

    He's won two events: the 2012 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the 2010 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

    Poulter has played in 26 events on the PGA Tour since then without a victory.

    He's highly regarded internationally but needs a win to back up some of his swagger in the United States.

Keegan Bradley

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    Keegan Bradley's putting remains suspect.
    Keegan Bradley's putting remains suspect.David Goldman/Associated Press/Associated Press

    Remember how excited the golf world was when Keegan Bradley took advantage of a Jason Dufner collapse to win the 2011 PGA Championship in a playoff?

    He was going to be the next big thing, but it hasn't quite worked out that way.

    His last win was the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, and like the PGA Championship, he was the beneficiary of a late Sunday meltdown, this time by Jim Furyk.

    It has been 31 starts for Bradley since that win in Akron.

    Bradley is too good not to have won.

Webb Simpson

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    One-handed finishes aren't a good thing most times.
    One-handed finishes aren't a good thing most times.Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

    Webb Simpson just doesn't give the impression of a guy who would succumb to a major championship hangover, but that surely must be part of what has happened to one of the nicest guys on tour since he won the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.

    His win in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last fall snapped a 39-tournament winless streak. But he's the kind of player who is capable of so much more and needs to win again to get his confidence level back where it was when he became a U.S. Open champion.

    He's had six top 10s this year and has made over $2.4 million, which hopefully means he's going to win again soon.