Saturday, April 29, 2017

After Sergio's win, who's the best without a major?

For years, Phil Mickelson held the title. Later, it was Dustin Johnson. And both in that interim and for nearly the last year, the title of the Best Player to Have Never Won a Major(!) belonged to Sergio Garcia.

Garcia on Sunday finally dropped that title, topping Justin Rose in a playoff to at long last claim major glory.

And that begs the question, who now, with Sergio wearing the green jacket, is the best active player who has yet to win a major? Here’s a look at a few different lists.

Players listed by their Official World Golf Ranking through 25th:

4. Hideki Matsuyama
9. Rickie Fowler
10. Justin Thomas
12. Alex Noren
13. Jon Rahm
14. Patrick Reed
15. Paul Casey
16. Tyrell Hatton
17. Matt Kuchar
22. Branden Grace
23. Brooks Koepka
25. Brandt Snedeker

Players listed by major top-10s in the last 25 years:

Lee Westwood (18)
Steve Stricker (13)

Players listed by major top-10s in the last 10 years:

Lee Westwood (13)
Matt Kuchar (8)
Brandt Snedeker (8)
Hunter Mahan (7)
Ian Poulter (7)

Players listed by major top-5s in the last 10 years:

Lee Westwood (13)
Rickie Fowler (5)
Branden Grace (4)

Active players listed by PGA Tour career earnings:

Steve Stricker ($42,624,659)
Matt Kuchar ($38,749,088)
Luke Donald ($35,138,933)
Charles Howell III ($32,536,819)
K.J. Choi ($31,914,065)
Brandt Snedeker ($31,819,171)
Hunter Mahan ($29,753,813)

Active players by combined PGA and European Tour wins:

Lee Westwood (25)
Thomas Bjorn (15)
Paul Casey (14)
Ian Poulter (12)
Steve Stricker (12)
Luke Donald (11)
Stuart Appleby (9)
K.J. Choi (9)
Brandt Snedeker (9)

Golf Channel senior researcher Justin Ray contributed to this story 

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