April 11, 2013

5 Best players without a green jacket

Five players haunted by never winning the Masters:

Five players haunted by never winning the Masters:


Weiskopf doesn't have a green jacket, but he at least got his name in the record book at Augusta National as the most runner-up finishes – four – without ever winning. The most painful was in 1975 when Weiskopf had a one-shot lead over Jack Nicklaus until Nicklaus holed his long birdie putt on the 16th and Weiskopf never caught up. He missed a birdie putt on the 18th.


Miller falls into this category for his sheer talent and three runner-up finishes, though it certainly wasn't a weekend collapse. His best chance, as with Weiskopf, was in 1975. Miller played in the last group with Weiskopf, and both were on the 16th tee when Nicklaus made his 40-foot putt. Miller wound up with a 66 and another silver medal.


He had three good birdie chances and didn't make any of them, settling for a 68 to finish three shots behind Vijay Singh in 2000. That didn't hurt nearly as bad as 2004 when Phil Mickelson made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win by one after Els shot a 67 on Sunday.


When he reached the top of the world rankings in 1999, Duval was the only player to be No. 1 in the world without ever having won a major. Most figured he would take care of that at the Masters. Much like Weiskopf, Duval seemed to have a chance at Augusta every year. Turns out the closest call might have been his first runner-up finish in 1998 to Mark O'Meara, who made a birdie on No. 18.


He is most famous for his collapse in 1996, the year he tied the course record with a 63 in the opening round and still had a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo going into Sunday. Norman had a 78 to finish five behind Faldo – an 11-shot swing. Equally devastating was his playoff loss in 1987 against Larry Mize.

-- The Associated Press

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