- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2017

In discussions of the best golfers without a major championship, Sergio Garcia was always one of the first names mentioned. But Garcia emphatically took himself out of the conversation with a playoff victory over Justin Rose at Augusta National Sunday.

Now that Garcia has a green jacket, here are some of the best players who still lack a major championship victory:

Rickie Fowler: Fowler is known for his flashy outfits and affectionate fan following, but questions about his game still remain. The 28-year old has seven career victories, including a win at the so-called fifth major, The Players Championship. Shooting a 76 Sunday after starting the day just one shot behind the leaders didn’t do much to silence the doubters.

Lee Westwood: Westwood has won 41 times as a professional, and has come oh-so-close at the majors, with 18 top-10s and three runner ups. But time could be running out for the former world No. 1. Westwood turns 44 in April.

Hideki Matsuyama: At just 25, Matsuyama is on the border of being too young for this list. But his impressive credentials suggest he deserves to be included. He’s up to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has 11 professional victories. He also has five top-10 finishes in 18 major appearances. At this point, it appears it is a question of when, not if, Matsuyama will become Japan’s first major champion.

Branden Grace: Grace is still relatively unknown to Americans, but he has 11 worldwide victories. Prior to the Masters, Grace had posted four top-five finishes in the last seven majors.

Patrick Reed: Reed is the American Ryder Cup hero, and has five PGA Tour wins to his credit at just 26 years old. But that success has failed to carry over to the major championships. Reed has yet to log a top ten finish in 13 tries.

Matt Kuchar: Given his proximity the top of the leaderboard at nearly every PGA Tour event, it’s a bit shocking Kuchar has just seven victories. A T4 finish at this year’s Masters marked his eighth top-10 finish at a major. But alas, his best win remains The Players in 2012.

Brooks Koepka: How can someone with just two professional victories make this list? Well, Koepka has seven top-15 finishes in majors since 2014.

Ian Poulter: Like Reed, Poulter hasn’t carried Ryder Cup success over to major championships. The outspoken Englishman has eight major top-10s and 12 European Tour wins, but at 41, time could be running out.

Brandt Snedeker: We all remember Snedeker’s tear-filled press conference after a Sunday 77 cost him the green jacket in 2008. While he does have a Tour Championship win and FedEx Cup title on his resume, the 36-year old remains without a major.

Bill Haas: Haas has six career victories and won the 2011 FedEx Cup title. But the 34-year old has posted just one major top-10.

Honorable Mention

Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas: Both have PGA Tour wins this season, and Thomas shot 59 at the Sony Open in January. But Rahm’s played in just two majors, and Thomas only seven. Additionally, their combined age is just 45. Give them some time.

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