Lightning in a Bottle: The Worst Players Who've Won a Golf Major

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Lightning in a Bottle: The Worst Players Who've Won a Golf Major
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Five weeks from today, the Masters will be ending and another chapter in the history of major golf championships will be written.

This is the first in a series of five articles leading up to the opening of the Masters, culminating with my pick for this year's event.

Winning one of golf's major championships can change a player's life. It can validate a great player's status as great, make you wonder about wasted potential or can be an unforgettable highlight in an otherwise forgettable career.

Most of the time, the cream rises to the top on these occasions, but sometimes, the guy who wins is not Mr. Right, but Mr. Right Now. The stars align and for a magical weekend, a journeyman pro sits atop the pinnacle of golf.

I've counted down to the worst player ever to win one of the four majors of golf.

It would be impossible to go back through all of major championship golf history and figure out who was the worst to ever win a major, so I am going to limit it to the 50 years from 1955 through 2005. That way, we are not comparing guys in an another era of the game to more recent players.

I elected to leave out the last five years because most of the players in that time are still active players. You can't define a career until there is a career to define.


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