Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Best Golfer to Never Win a Major?

     One of the most popular topics that many avid PGA fans like to argue about is who's the best PGA golfer to never win a major. Often times, Sergio Garcia is a name that's associated with this category and with good reason; he ranks tied for 25th all-time on the European Tour list in wins with ten and has 23 professional wins in his career.
     But there's one PGA golfer that often gets overlooked is Lee Westwood from England. The former No. 1 golfer in the world from England is well-known for his consistent play and was named player of the year for the 1998, 2001 and 2008 seasons. Westwood has 39 career wins, 22 of which were from the European Tour (ninth all-time), and has won tournaments on every continent. Westwood also won the 2000 European Tour Order of Merit and the 2009 Tour of Dubai (which it had been renamed to).
     Westwood's best results in each major championship are:
  • Master's Tournament: Second place (2010)
  • U.S. Open: Third place (2008), tied for third place (2011)
  • The Open Championship: Second place (2010)
  • PGA Championship: Tied for third place (2009)
      So in spite of not winning a single major PGA tournament in his career, Lee Westwood has often come close. But he has only two PGA Tour wins, so his worldwide success isn't recognized by many people of the western world. However, you can expect Lee Westwood to be in the hunt during a major championship.

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