One Is the Loneliest Number: The Best Players Who Won Only One Golf Major

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One Is the Loneliest Number: The Best Players Who Won Only One Golf Major
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Continuing the run-up to the Masters (now only 24 days away), here is the second article in a series of five leading up to my pick to win the first major of the year.

Winning one of golf's major championships is a daunting task, to say the least.

Most of the time, about 150 players enter and only one will win. (The field of the Masters is typically much smaller than that, only about 80 players). NFL teams have a one-in-32 chance. NBA and NHL teams have even better odds. In fact, no sport has the level of competition golf can claim every week on Tour.

Since 1960, there have been four majors played every year. That's 200 majors that have been played. 141 of those were won by men who would eventually win more than one major. (77 of those 200 have been won by nine men. Those men are Jack Nicklaus with 18, Tiger Woods (14), Gary Player (nine), Tom Watson (eight), Nick Faldo (six), Lee Trevino (six); Arnold Palmer (six of his seven), Seve Ballesteros (five), Peter Thompson (five). 38.5 percent of the majors in last 50 years won by nine men!

So, we have 59 majors won by men who only won one. Some of those had to be pretty good players who simply did not live up to their potential or couldn't find a way to break through for that second major win.

Let's count down the top 10 of those men over the last 50 years who had all the game in the world, but just couldn't figure out a way to win more than one major championship. (Note: I tried to stay away from most current players. I figure they could still win another major)

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