New "Best Without a Major" List
By mustang6560 on 8/15/13
Lee Westwood is number one again.
According to GolfDigest, the Englishman is officially the best player in the world without a major championship.
Westwood has put himself in contention at golf's four biggest events as often as anyone in recent years. He's finished in top three at all four, including in seven of 15 at one stretch from 2008 to 2012. However, his putter has gone cold at some inopportune times, most notably at Turnberry in 2009. Westwood picked up an eighth top-three finish at a major at the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, where he led by two after 54 holes before being passed by Phil Mickelson and his magical final-round 66.The popular golf publication used a highly scientific formula to determine the ranking:
*FORMULA: PGA Tour/European Tour wins since start of 2012 (WGC, FedEx Playoff, Players & BMW PGA events weighted more) + Average Official World Golf Ranking points + Career "close calls" in major championships (finishing within four shots of winner).The second best player in the world without a major championship is Matt Kuchar, followed by Brandt Snedeker, Henrik Stenson, and Hunter Mahan.
Despite a calm, cool exterior about not winning a major championship, I'm beginning to think Lee is starting to lose it -- his recent Twitter rant being the latest example.
Of all the players on the list, I'd like to see Lee win a major championship the most. He has 16 career top 10 finishes in the majors including two runner-up finishes and six third place finishes.
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Lee Westwood: The next Colin Montgomerie
A list of all time winners without a major would be interesting. The list should probably exclude players who were mainly active prior to WW II since the idea of "Majors" was not so prevalent among fans and the press.
Leading the list for PGA players is Doug Sanders (20 PGA Tour titles - 0 majors). Doug is followed by Dutch Harrison, Mike Souchak, Bruce Crampton, Kenny Perry, Dave Hill and Bruce Lietzke.
In Europe, Colin Montgomerie leads the pack (31W) followed by Lee Westwood (22W), Sam Torrance (21W), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (19W), Mark James (18W) and Mark McNulty (16W).
Ultimately, the player with the most success but -0- majors remains Colin M.
Scott Shields says:
I'd rather see Sticker get one before Westwood.
Agreed on Stricker.
But Steve's essentially given up. The fact he's semi-retired, in my opinion, moves him down my list. If he was grinding like he used to, then he'd be higher on my list.
Backhanded compliment is backhanded.
@mustang... Stricker has played almost as many tournaments (10) as Tiger has (12) this year. Why should he fall down the list for essentially doing what everyone else who is basically exempt for life does?
Surprised Jason Day isn't in the mix.
I like Striker for the list, but totally agree with Westy at the top. Fingers crossed for him, though Tiger is still my first hope and choice in every major. Once Tiger is too far back, I pull for Lee if he is in the competitive mix. And Phil.
Scott Shields says:
I think Day isn't on it because of how young he is -- he has many years left.
Otherwise we have to start putting DJ and Watney into the convo.
huh? Day is #9. what list are you looking at?
Never looked at the list. Just read the story above. Guess Day is on the list.
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