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The 11 Best Golfers Without A Major

With the 2014 Masters upon us, we put our formula* to work again to rank the best current players without a major championship.


*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).

April 2014

"The best player never to win a major." It's the rare title in sports that is both a compliment and, well, not a compliment. With their recent major wins, Adam Scott (Masters), Justin Rose (U.S. Open) and Jason Dufner (PGA Championship) have taken themselves out of the conversation. Now, with a new formula, we attempt to provide a more concrete answer to the often-debated question of who is currently the best player never to have won a major championship. Our formula tries to evaluate players based on their recent play, while also giving them credit for their career record in golf's four biggest events. The bad news for players making this list? Their trophy rooms are still incomplete. The good news? There's still time to rectify that.

Steve Stricker

11. Steve Stricker

Score: 7.05
Holding him back: Age
Best chance: 1998 PGA Championship (Played in final group and shot 70 to finish runner-up, two shots behind Vijay Singh)
Breakdown: At 46, Stricker is by far the oldest on this list and not coincidentally, the shortest hitter. Still, the U.S. Open at Merion showed he's still got the game to contend at the right venue. More than anyone else from this crop, though, the self-proclaimed "semi-retired" Stricker's window of opportunity is getting close to being closed for good -- which is what made his final-round meltdown at Merion particularly painful.
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