By News Team
Last Updated: 8th September 2020
Although there are hundreds of professional golf tournaments that take place around the world every year, golfers only have four opportunities a season to cement their place among the elite of the game by winning a Major championship.
Some of the most iconic players of all time, however, have had stellar careers without quite being able to seal the Major deal. And with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best active golfers to never have won a Major title.
Despite not quite being able to claim a Major honour during his career, American Matt Kuchar is well known as one of the most popular players on the tour with fans and professionals alike.
Kuchar has recorded nine wins on the PGA Tour as well finishing in the top 10 at 12 Major championships. He came close when taking second place in the 2017 Open Championship, narrowly missing out behind the imperious Jordan Spieth, but his consistency in the Majors means his best chance to claim one of golf’s top prizes could well lie ahead of him.
On his day, Rickie Fowler is one of the most talented players in the world. The fact that he is yet to add a Major notch to his belt is testament to the calibre of players he is competing with.
With second-place finishes to his name at the Masters, the Open and the US Open, Fowler has often lacked the cutting edge needed to get the job done on the biggest stage. Whether it’s a missed putt here, or a wayward tee-shot there, Rickie has felt right on the cusp of a Major breakthrough for several years without getting over the line.
However, still aged just 31, Fowler’s best years are still ahead of him, and it seems inevitable that he’ll end his Major drought sooner rather than later.
If Lee Westwood was to one day win a Major, it could arguably be one of the most popular Major wins of all time.
With an impressive 19 top-ten finishes in Major competitions, Westwood has had his share of nearly moments, without having the closing powers needed to seal that elusive victory. He led through three rounds at both the 2013 Open, as well as the 2010 Masters, but couldn’t put together the final rounds necessary, finishing third and second respectively.
At the age of 47, Westwood is entering the twilight of his career and would become at least the second oldest man, after Julius Boros, to win a Major should he do so in the future.
Although Ian Poulter’s place as a European Ryder Cup hero is firmly secured, the Englishman has often flattered to deceive on the Major stage.
The closest Poulter has come thus far was a second-place finish at the 2008 Open Championship, where he finished four shots behind winner Padraig Harrington. He also has eight top-ten finishes in Majors without ever really looking like going to the next level.
However, many fans will certainly hope that Poulter can channel his Ryder Cup magic to land one of golf’s top prizes before his career is up.
Although his best years are arguably now behind him, Luke Donald was undoubtedly one of the world’s best players in the early part of the last decade.
He became the first man to top both the European and PGA Tour money lists in 2011, becoming world number one in May of the same year. Despite this, Donald has never finished higher than third in Major competition, with eight top-ten finishes in total.
Although he has the ability to win a Major, Donald has failed to make the top ten in any of his last 15 Major outings, suggesting his opportunity to win one may already have passed him by.