The Most Dubious Title in Golf: Monkeys are not on the endangered species list in golf -- not yet, even though three players managed to get full-bodied monkeys off their backs by finally winning major championships in 2013 -- Adam Scott at the Masters, Justin Rose at the U.S. Open and Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship.
While those gents have escaped the infamous label of Best Players Who Never Won a Major, there is always someone ready to step in to take their place. (With only four majors per year there’s never enough immortality to go around.) We’ll update the list for best active players without a major another time. Here, let’s take a look at the category from a career-achievement perspective. Of all the great players in history, from the still-active to the deceased, who are the best who never, ever won a major title? Since the U.S. and British Amateurs were considered majors and were part of the Bobby Jones Grand Slam in 1930, we’ll count the Ams as majors. Thus, great amateurs such as Harvie Ward will not be considered for this list.
The takeaway: Aside from a few players who didn’t travel the world to play in the top tournaments, it’s almost 100 percent true that all modern golfers who were truly great players won major titles. Here, then, is a baker’s-dozen list of The Best Players of All-Time Who Never Won a Major.
--Gary Van Sickle