Best Golfers Without a Major Championship

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Best Players Without a Major By Gary Van Sickle It's a tired idea, listing the best players who have never won a major. But that doesn't stop me from doing it pretty much every year. So I'm putting a new twist on it in the wake of Sergio Garcia's victory at the Players and Trevor Immelman's victory at the Masters. This time, I'm ranking the 10 best who haven't won a major — or a Players. That fouls up the list big time. The poster boys for underachieving in major championships are Garcia and Adam Scott, but underachieving is the wrong word for it. They're not even 30. Ben Hogan didn't win a major until he was 34. Neither did Phil Mickelson. They deserve time, not criticism. So here are my updated rankings, based on recent play. 10. Rory Sabbatini World rank: 14 Wins: 4 His big mouth has made him into something of a whipping boy for the media, not to mention Tiger Woods. Still, you've got to admire his confidence. He's a tremendous feel player with something of a quirky swing, which may be why he doesn't win more often than he does. He doesn't seem like he has the patience to grind out a major victory, but he might not need it if he could build a big lead after three rounds.
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2. Steve Stricker World rank: 8 Wins: 4 The biggest celebrity from Edgerton, Wis., enjoyed a solid 18-month stretch of terrific golf, culminating in his victory at Westchester during last year's inaugural FedEx Cup playoff. He's 40, and he's struggling this year, but he was hard to miss last year. He briefly had the lead when he made the turn Sunday at Oakmont in the U.S. Open, then had a disastrous back nine. He teed off in the final twosome Sunday at the British Open but quickly faded. Stricker has been in the mix in several majors over the years, and he's the highest-ranked American golfer after Woods, Mickelson and Furyk.
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3. Anthony Kim World rank: 19 Wins: 1 I'm putting him at No. 3 because of his potential. He's got a lot of attitude, he's got the game, and he seems to have matured. The fact that he's fairly long and has a terrific short game is a strong combination. It's all about having patience. He's the one guy on this list who will definitely win a major.
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4. Justin Rose World rank: 6 Wins: 0 (5 worldwide) He's a potential star and shows flashes of brilliance. He contended at last year's Masters and U.S. Open but hasn't shown a finishing kick yet. It would be no surprise if he does one of these days.
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5. Andres Romero World rank: 24 Wins: 1 (6 others worldwide) The young Argentine won in New Orleans this year, and he's the guy who should've won last year's British Open at Carnoustie. He turned a 10-birdie final round into a third-place finish thanks to a freak-bounce double bogey at the 17th and a failed up-and-down at the 18th. His career may well exceed that of Angel Cabrera, a fellow Argentine who won last year's U.S. Open.
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6. Aaron Baddeley World rank: 18 Wins: 2 He's part of the wave of promising 20-somethings who are finally making an impact this year. He was in the final pairing at Oakmont with Woods last summer but faded after a triple-bogey on the opening hole. His short game has always been a strength. His long game is much improved, but his driving tends to suffer under pressure.
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7. Boo Weekley World rank: 27 Wins: 2 It would be quite a sight to have a U.S. Open winner greeted at the 18th green by a chorus of boos. For Weekley, though, it would be an honor. He plays up his rube role, but it's thoroughly delightful. The guy also happens to be a terrific ballstriker. Can he handle the greens at a major? Dang it, he just might.
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8. Henrik Stenson World rank: 15 Wins: 1 (5 others on European tour) The former Match Play champ hasn't done much on this side of the Atlantic of late. He's got an impressive game, but he's still relatively inexperienced in the major championship market.
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9. Stewart Cink World rank: 13 Wins: 4 Cink may have played the most consistent golf of any American player this year, but he has no wins to show for it. He has picked up a little distance to go with his solid long-putting stroke. He wasn't able to close the deal at the Honda Classic or the Verizon Heritage, but he has won in the past. His game seems suited to a U.S. Open — he three-putted to miss out on a playoff at Southern Hills in 2001 with Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks.
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1. K.J. Choi World rank: 11 Wins: 7 Choi was close in a Masters once — remember when he holed out for a deuce at the par-4 11th? He got off to a quick start this year by winning the Sony Open in Hawaii. He has won at some tough courses, including the Memorial Tournament, and he has proven that he's a closer. Seven wins is more than anyone else on this list.