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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Worst Major Winners

Jack Hession emailed me today about who I think are the worst Major winners. Everyone always rips on Ben Curtis and Shaun Micheel, but I think it's too early in their careers to sick the dogs on them.

There are plenty of guys who only won once that can be called the "worst". Paul Lawrie comes to mind. As do Larry Mize and Scott Simpson. People can say Steve Jones was a fluke, but his career has been injury-riddled, so it's hard to say he was or would have been the worst. Wayne Grady and Rich Beem are often mentioned in this conversation, but if Beemer wins two or three more tournaments, then his career will end up being pretty decent. Tommy Aaron and Bob Goalby certainly should be candidates for this list.

I think it's more interesting to think about the players who have won two majors and are still thought of as "flukey" winners. The title belongs to one of two players: Andy North (only one non-Major victory), or John Daly (three non-Major victories). It's sort of unbelievable that they were able to bottle lightning twice.

Another compelling question that I rarely hear posed on this subject is, "Who is the BEST player to have only won one Major?"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a couple that come to mind but my #1 golfer to win one Major - Tom Kite; glasses, straw-hat and all. 19 Tour wins, 2 time Vardon Trophy winner, 7 time Ryder Cup'r, and leading money winner twice. It was a nightmare watching him putt and collapse last year at the Booz-Allen.


10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine is the best player ever to have ONLY bottled up lightning twice - Greg Norman. He should have won 5-6 of them. Or more. Was second in majors 8 times, won 86 tourneys in his career and was #1 in the world for 331 weeks. Ridonkulous that he only won the British twice with that resumeā€¦

Jimmy G

12:17 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

Freddie isn't getting any love??

12:24 PM  
Blogger JTALIFER said...

For my money, Andy Bean is the best golfer EVER!!!!

1:25 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

You would like Andy Bean. He's the Anti-Tali, being that he's 6'4" and 260lbs. He could use you as his fairway wood!

1:36 PM  

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