The 10 Best Golfers Without a Major Championship
Who are the ten best golfers without a major championship to their name? That's a question we have been throwing about here at Hole19 HQ, and it's sparked some interesting debate.
We know there are many golfers who, through the ages, have somehow finished their careers without a single major title - Colin Montgomery being the prime example. For this list, though, we'll be focusing on those golfers still playing today.
Here's what we've come up with...
The first name on our list has to be the current world-number-four, Jon Rahm. The Spaniard has the golf game to make us believe he's a major-champion-in-waiting. In our opinion he's possibly best suited to winning upon the links courses of The Open Championship, and we've tipped him to win at Royal St George's next June in our 2019/20 predictions.
Whether we're right about next season, or not, Rahm looks a safe bet for many major challenges in the future.
Fancy a peek at 'Rahmbo's' current weaponry of choice?...
The one that won't go away. It seems that Rickie Fowler has been a mainstay of these lists for quite some time now. Only by registering a first major championship win will we see him finally, and mercifully, removed.
He has shown form in majors previously, having placed within the top five of all four in 2014 including runner-up positions at both Pinehurst and Royal Liverpool. This year, by finishing in the top-10 at both Augusta National and Royal Portrush, Fowler has demonstrated that he remains in the hunt to break his major duck.
This one seems a case of 'when' and not 'if'. With a golfing career still in its infancy, Xander Schauffele has already proved he has what it takes to get over the line in significant tournaments - his win at the 2017 Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club serving as a case in point.
Now with four PGA Tour wins under his belt, he has also shown promise in the quartet of major championships. This year alone Schauffele has finished in the top-3 in both The Masters and the U.S. Open. He won't remain on this list for too much longer.
Handling par-3s just like this would see him challenge at next year's majors...
Another guy who knows how to get the job done is Bryson DeChambeau, the quickest golfer to five wins since Rory McIlroy.
His scientific and rather deliberate style has drawn just as many admirers as it has detractors, but what's pretty clear is that this guy has an uber-competitive spirit. Despite a rather underwhelming 2019 major season, if he's in contention heading into the back-nine on any major Sunday, it will take a monumental effort to keep him at bay.
Despite a rather low-profile couple of years on Tour, Hideki seems to fit the profile of a multiple major more snugly than any other golfer. He's still only 26, and the Japanese superstar already has 13 professional wins safely tucked away.
It's more than conceivable that he could become only the second Asian major champion in golfing history. When he gets one, he may well better the single win recorded by Y.E. Yang back at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National.
Get a Presidents Cup profile of Hideki below...
If we go purely based on position in the Official World Golf Rankings, Patrick Cantlay has to be in the discussion for best golfer without a major.
Two top-10s in 2019 point towards a degree of comfort in major championships, and as he continues to make strides in the game, he could be one to watch at next year's events.
Matt Kuchar was previously one of the most well-regarded golfers on Tour but has since been caught up in a few high-profile controversies. While this may have slightly tarnished his 'good-guy' reputation, we're not sure it has done much damage to his chances of winning a first major title.
Creativity like this shot at The PLAYERS back in 2015 could help him to victory before too long...
With 17 professional wins to his name, Paul Casey has achieved plenty in the game of golf, however, a first major championship continues to elude him.
He has failed to challenge for quite some time when it comes to the four most important weeks of the golfing year. The Englishman's best finish came back at the 2010 Open Championship when he settled for a T-3 behind both Lee Westwood and the champion Louis Oosthuizen. He easily makes the list, though!
As one of the most popular golfers on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, there will be plenty of love for Tommy Fleetwood if - and when - he becomes a major champion.
His 2019 major season finished with a runner-up spot at Royal Portrush, though admittedly he was a full six strokes behind the eventual champion, Shane Lowry.
Want to warm up for your round like Tommy? Check out his practice routine below...
Lee Westwood might not be one of the current best players in the field, we get that, but his career has been mightily impressive. Given the level of success, we find it quite incredible that the Englishman has failed to get over the line in any of the four big ones.
He has been close - particularly at the 2010 Masters as he was reeled in by Phil Mickelson's impressive late surge - but now at the age of 46, the odds seem stacked against a first major championship title. We live in hope, though!
Who have we missed from our list? Let us know in the comments below...
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