Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, and Dustin Johnson are three of the most talented golfers in the world, all with Hall of Fame worthy careers. Yet not one of them has ever won a major championship, and with that comes along the title of the ‘The Best Player Never To Have Won a Major’.
Sergio Garcia burst onto the world stage after dueling Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship where he finished in 2nd place, Garcia, was just 19 year old back then. With 20 pro tour victories (9 PGA Tour and 11 European Tour), the 36 year old Spaniard is the highest earning golfer on the PGA Tour not to win a major championship.
Best Chance: At the 2007 British Open, he had a one stroke lead on the 72nd hole. An errant approach shot left him with a 10-footer for par and the win, but he missed it. He eventually lost to Padraig Harrington in the playoff. He currently sits at 2-under, having shot rounds of 68-70.
Anybody who’s watched a lot of championship golf over the last decade has probably seen Westwood’s share of heartbreaks. With 23 European Tour victories and 2 on the PGA Tour, the former World No. 1 is the highest earning golfer on the Euro Tour not to have won a major championship. He is also one of only four golfers in history to have won on six continents.
Best Chance: Westwood has had two 54-Hole leads in his career and lost out both of those times to Phil Mickelson. At the 2010 Masters, Westwood had a one stroke lead heading to the final round but Mickelson pulled away from him with a final round 67. At the 2013 British Open, Westwood had a 2-stroke lead entering the final 18 holes. Mickelson ended up shooting a final round 66 against Westwood’s 75. He currently sits at 3-under, after carding a first round 67. He tees off at 8:28 AM and will probably play 36 holes on Saturday.
One of the purest strikers of the golf ball, Dustin Johnson has amassed 9 PGA Tour victories in his young career. Johnson is the only player, other than Tiger Woods, to have won in every season since turning professional for 8 straight years. He is yet to win this year to keep the record intact.
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At the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, Johnson had a share of the 54-hole lead. On the 72nd Hole (Par 5), he hit his approach shot to within 12 feet. He had two putts to go into a playoff and one putt to win outright. He three-putted. He is the current clubhouse lead at 4-under, having shot rounds of 67-69.