10 Best Active Golfers Who Haven’t Won a Major

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Tony Finau watches his tee shot on the second hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in San Diego.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jul 25, 2023, 8:49 AM

There are hundreds of golf tournaments each year on the PGA Tour, LIV, DP World Tour etc., but golfers only have four chances to put themselves among the game’s elite with the major championships – the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open.

The vast majority of the best players in the world have won at least one of these tournaments, but there are some, including many who usually have good golf odds to win, who have not.

For some, they are young so they will have plenty of opportunities down the road, but for others, the primes of their careers are limited, so they will only get so many more chances.

Here are the 10 best active golfers who haven’t won a major.

10 Best Active Golfers Who Haven’t Won a Major

Ian Poulter

Poulter has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the world golf rankings, won 15 times combined between the PGA Tour and European Tour, and been on six Ryder Cup teams, but yet doesn’t have a major.

The closest the 46-year-old came was coming in second at the 2008 British Open. He also finished third at the 2012 PGA Championship.

Tony Finau

Thanks to a strong finish to the 2021-22 season and start to the 2022-23 season, Finau now has five PGA Tour wins but is still searching for his first major.

He generally plays well in majors, as from 2018-21, Finau recorded nine top-10 finishes in 15 major championship appearances.

Rickie Fowler

Fowler has been in this conversation for quite a while, as he’s come so close. In 2014, he joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players to finish in the top-5 in each of the four majors in one season.

He’s won five times on the PGA Tour, including golf’s “fifth major,” the Player’s Championship, yet the 33-year-old still seeks his first major. Fowler’s game has struggled in recent years, but he was among the best on the PGA Tour for a four or five-year stretch in his mid-20s.

Max Homa

The 32-year-old has won six times on the PGA Tour but is still looking for his first major. Homa has had some issues in majors, with his best finish being a T-13 at the 2022 PGA Championship. He has the talent to contend, it just seems like a matter of time.

Viktor Hovland

Hovland isn’t even 26 years old yet, but he has already won six times worldwide. He is one of the best iron players on the PGA Tour, although he struggles around the greens, which has held him back in major championships.

His best finish at a major was the 2022 Open Championship, when he finished T-4.

Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is an interesting player. He hasn’t yet won on the PGA Tour but has won eight times worldwide and has been on a number of Ryder Cup teams.

He clearly has talent, as he’s come very close in majors. The closest was at the 2018 U.S. Open when he shot a final-round 63 to finish one shot behind Brooks Koepka at Shinnecock Hills.

Matt Kuchar

The veteran has won nine times on the PGA Tour, including a Players Championship. In his prime, he was known as being one of the most consistent players on Tour, as he was close to the top of the leaderboard virtually every time he teed it up.

Kuchar has 12 top-10 finishes in major championships, including a second-place finish at the 2017 British Open.

Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay has the all-around game to one day win a major; he just hasn’t been able to yet. He has shown he can win big events, winning the 2021 FedEx Cup.

His closest call at a major came at the 2019 Masters when he briefly led in the final round before Tiger Woods overtook him. Given how steady a player he is, he will likely come off this list one day.

Lee Westwood

Westwood, who is approaching 50 years old, has limited opportunities left, but there’s no doubt he belongs on the list.

He’s won over 40 times worldwide and has 12 top-5 finishes in majors, so clearly he’s been close. He also has three runner-up finishes, which are the most of any player who has yet to win a major.

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele has an impressive resume, which includes winning the gold medal at the 2021 Olympics, but he’s still searching for that elusive first major.

He’s had plenty of close calls, though. He tied for second at the 2018 British Open, tied for second at the 2019 Masters and tied for third at the 2019 U.S. Open.

Given his age, it’s likely he will be able to come off this list one day.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”