Hump Day With Cam: Who Is The Next “Best To Never Win Yet” In Golf?
As my favorite time of the year rolls around, so does my first installment of "Hump Day With Cam."Baseball has just started, the NBA and NHL are entering their playoff seasons, and the NFL is nearing their draft….and the Azalea’s have bloomed at Augusta National.
This past week, over the first weekend in April, The Masters dramatically concluded with Sergio Garcia winning his first improbable major tournament. Golf, more than any other sport, doesn’t just celebrate its great champions, it loves to celebrate it’s “almost champions”, with the unofficial title of “best to never win a major”. All sports do a little of that; the NFL had Dan Marino, and the NBA had Charles Barkley. Major League Baseball had Ted Williams and Ernie Banks, but nowhere is the ongoing futility of a player more in focus than on the PGA tour.
For the longest time the late Payne Stewart held the “honor”, then Phil Michelson, and Cory Pavin, and Fred Couples, and…well you get the point. This past Sunday, the latest “Best to never win”, did just that; when Garcia sank his birdie putt on the 73rd hole, and first in sudden death.
The question begs; now that Garcia won, who’s next on that list? My answer is, after looking at the list of possibilities, I think it’s time to retire the list. It is a group of uninspiring players…there are no Michelson’s or Stewart’s on this list.
Here are your choices:
1.) Hideki Matsuyama
He’s currently ranked fourth in the world
2.) Rickie Fowler
He’s ranked ninth…and honestly of this group, he’s the only one with any flair.
3.) Matt Kuchar
He’s ranked 17th…I’d rather watch paint dry than watch this dolt play golf
4.) Brandt Snedeker
Ranked 25th…his first name is Brandt. (and frankly, the poster child why Happy Gilmore didn’t want to be a golfer)
5.) Lee Westwood
He has more top 10 finishes in Majors in the past 10 years with 13.
6.) Steve Stricker
His career earnings are over 42 Million Dollars. His name sounds like he should be a TV doctor…”This man is dying, page Dr. Stricker”
7.) Luke Donald
His career earnings are 35 Million Dollars. Enjoy counting those millions Luke, you’re never winning a major.
8.) Thomas Bjorn
He has the most combined PGA and International victories on tour, with 15 victories. Bjorn must be Dutch for Kuchar, because he is about as exciting.
Of this group, the only one I’ll be rooting for is Fowler. He doesn’t take himself, or his sport, too seriously. He loves to be flashy on the course and is extremely popular with the crowd. At age 28, he has many more rounds of golf in him, and realistically another 30 chances to win a major until he gets into his mid 30s. In 2014, he finished no worse than fifth in each of the majors, finishing tied for second at the US and British Opens. And overall, he has won seven tournaments over his eight year career.
He is a nice player. My problem with anointing him, “the best to never have won yet”, is that by giving him the title it creates an image that just isn’t there yet. He isn’t GREAT. To me, to be worthy of that title, you actually have to be GREAT. For Fowler to be worthy he’ll have to win a handful more titles and have a few more top five finishes in majors.
But for now, since there aren’t any other good options, he’ll have to be an unworthy recipient of the title, either until he deserves it, or he actually wins a major; which would eliminate him from the discussion.
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