The five best players to never win a Major Championship

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After a thrilling four days golf at Whistling Straits, we are left to reflect on events in the short and long term history.

Jason Day broke the tournament score record and won his first major championship after years of trying had led to nine top ten finishes without a win.

However where the Australian finally broke into the winners circle of major champions, there have been many that have failed to do so. Here are the top five 'best players to never win a major championship' (NOTE: only players who were captured in colour photos make this list!)


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Fifth Place - Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson would not be the player on the tip of everyones tongues, but having had a tough spell during his career, he has silenced all of the doubters. With one WGC and two DP World Tour Championships included in his 17 professional wins, he certainly has the credentials.  

His best chances were when he came third to Jason Dufner in the 2013 PGA Championship and runner up to Phil Mickelson at The Open Championship. He did finish top of the money lists on both side of the Atlantic and won the $10million bonus pool at the FedEx Cup in 2013 also. Despite all this, he still hasn't got that major title.

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Fourth - Sergio Garcia

If Sergio Garcia were to win a major championship, I think the World would go crazy for him. He is arguably one of the most likable characters on tour and adored by his fans. In the 2007 British Open he had an opportunity to win but missed an eight-footer, only to lose to Irishman Padraig Harrington in a play off. Ouch!

He has been close many times before. 20 top tens which include four runner up spots meant that he has been knocking on the door since 1999. Personally, out of all of the people who made this list, I sincerely hope I can wipe Garcia's name off the list, at some point.

Third - Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood holds a nation's pride on his shoulders but, unfortunately, still hasn't been able to deliver a major title for England. We've had other British guys triumph but it is hard to watch Westwood try and fail so often.

His closest chance was when he three putted on the final hole of the 2009 Open Championship, where Tom Watson captured the hearts of many and rolled back the years.

The Englishman was adamant he needed to hole a monster putt to make the play off, but if he had the power of hindsight, two putts would have been enough. Eventually, Stewart Cink won and wasn't the most popular champion ever.

Runner Up - Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson. Where do I begin with this towering American giant. I just want to scream. He has been so close so many times and the luck never tends to go his way. The closest chance was back at Whistling Straits in 2010 where he grounded his club in a 'bunker' (which had been trampled through by the crowd). The resulting penalty left him missing out by the narrowest of margins.

To add to the list, an 82 in the final round of the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach and a costly OB at the 2011 British Open. Not to mention the fact that he was the first round leader in the US Open, British Open and PGA Championship, all in 2015.

Out of all of the players in this list, Johnson has to be the one who will not remain in here forever. To do this though, he will have to improve his course management strategy and his ability to cope with adversity.

Champion - Colin Montgomerie 

Colin Montgomerie is our unfortunate winner for two major reasons. The Scotsman, who was honored with an OBE, had two very near misses in 1994 in 1995, suffering defats in playoffs in the US Open and PGA Championship respectively.

The second heart wrenching reason, is that the Scotsman is the most likely to stay on this list forever. At 52-years-old, he is no longer a spring chicken and his days of being able to compete with the youthful elite, are long gone.

The eight time European Tour Order of Merit winner, has finished in the top ten ten times and runner up of five occasions. He had won almost everything in the game and still holds the record for the most number of OOM Titles on the European Tour. He was heralded as one of the best Ryder Cup players in History. He was one of the greats

He has made up for lost time since turning 50-years-old. He has won three Senior Major Championships.  However, in my book, it doesn't count.  Sorry Monty, but I sincerely hope you can continue breaking records on the Champions Tour.

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