One-time major winners who've gone 0-for-everything since their breakout weeks
Remember Shaun Micheel [above], the 2003 PGA champion at Oak Hill? You're forgiven if you don't, because he hasn't won since. Here's where Micheel ranks among other one-time major-winners who've gone O-for-everything since their breakout weeks.
MAJOR TITLE: 1991 British Open
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 101
Finchy's early retirement, at 37 -- prompted by a severe confidence crisis -- might have saved him from a more ignominious ranking.
MAJOR TITLE: 2004 British Open
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 191
Hamilton won the Honda a few months before the British, but has logged only four top-10s in the nine years since. Perhaps he should have rejoined the Japan Golf Tour, where in the 1990s and early 2000s, he won 11 times.
MAJOR TITLE: 1990 PGA Championship
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 202
The Aussie had wins on the PGA Tour [the 1989 Westchester Classic] and the European Tour [the 1984 German Open] before his big week at Shoal Creek. But after raising the Wanamaker, he recorded top-10 finishes in just 3.5 percent of his starts.
MAJOR TITLE: 2003 PGA Championship
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 211
This one-hit wonder is golf's Vanilla Ice, with his first, and still only, Tour win coming at the last Oak Hill PGA, a decade ago. To be fair, Micheel has had runner-up finishes in the 2006 PGA and the 2006 HSBC World Match Play, where he beat Tiger Woods in the first round.
MAJOR TITLE: 2001 British Open
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 220
With $18 million in earnings and a Claret Jug, this former World No. 1 may be the most accomplished player on this list. But 12 years after Lytham, that's easy to forget. Injuries, vertigo and snowboarding may help to explain Duval's drought, during which he's made just 35 percent of his cuts.
MAJOR TITLE: 2002 PGA Championship
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 240
Beemer won twice on Tour before clipping Tiger to win the Wanamaker. Alas, the last decade-plus hasn't been kind: He's missed the cut in more than half his starts since Hazeltine, and he only has nine top-10s in 11 years. Of course, we'll always have his PGA victory shimmy to remember him by.
MAJOR TITLE: 1973 Masters
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 301
Aaron's career was cruising along, with wins at the 1969 Canadian Open [edging Sam Snead] and the 1970 Atlanta Classic and, in 1973, the green jacket. But Tommy only managed nine career top-10s after his win at Augusta.
MAJOR TITLE: 1969 U.S. Open
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 310
"Sarge" was the last man to win the U.S. Open by advancing through both stages of qualifying. He won zippo on the Tour thereafter. Moody went on to bag 11 Champions Tour titles, including the 1989 U.S. Senior Open.
MAJOR TITLE: 1996 PGA Championship
WINLESS STARTS AFTER MAJOR WIN: 389
And the "winner" is... Our Mr. Brooks! He claimed six titles on Tour before his Valhalla victory, and at the 2001 U.S. Open he was a mere 18-hole playoff away from becoming a two-time major champ [Retief Goosen beat Brooks by two strokes]. Yet nearly 400 starts and no wins later -- including missed cuts in 14 of his 16 PGA appearances since his win -- his PGA jinx is alive and well.