Worst Player to win a Major?

MwscgolfMwscgolf Members Posts: 185 ✭✭
Was talking with my golf groups after the US Open, and we got to talking on this subject.



Worst Player to Win a Major?



Apologies if this has been discussed already, but I thought there might be some good answers.



My top votes?



Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Y.E Yang



Not so much to blast those players, but there are definitely players that deserve a major over these guys.



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  • Coach RexCoach Rex Members Posts: 58 ✭✭
    Is this a troll post? No one "deserves" a major. All of those "bad" players had to earn it. If i were to entertain your question then the answer would clearly be Todd Hamilton.
  • TurbsinthebunkTurbsinthebunk Members Posts: 66
    Bradley and Dufner are your top votes? Over these likes of Michael Campbell, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel?
  • MwscgolfMwscgolf Members Posts: 185 ✭✭
    Coach Rex wrote:


    Is this a troll post? No one "deserves" a major. All of those "bad" players had to earn it. If i were to entertain your question then the answer would clearly be Todd Hamilton.




    Not a troll post at all....



    You're right, everyone has to earn it, never said they didn't.



    You came up with an answer to the question, which was the point of the topic.



    I have my answers, I wasn't trying to offend anyone, just getting different perspectives...
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  • cphreycphrey #SLDRChallenger Members Posts: 1,828 ✭✭
    Micheel or Hamilton for sure...totally disappeared and have never been heard from again. Even though I love the guy, John Daly could be on the list I guess...one or two great years and then just a circus after that. Still gotta hit the shots, drain the putts, and play all 72 holes or more though.
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  • jmckjmck Members Posts: 4,277 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #6
    It's either Jack Fleck or Orville Moody--though Moody went on to have a good Sr. career, he stunk it up pretty good before and after winning a US Open.



    In the modern era it's a pick'em between: Rich Beem, Wayne Grady, Shaun Micheel, Michael Campbell, Steve Jones, Paul Lawrie and Todd Hamilton.



    I have no idea how anyone could put Duffner on their list.
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  • Ryanunc12Ryanunc12 Members Posts: 23
    Isn't Justin Leonard in the mix here?
  • Ryanunc12Ryanunc12 Members Posts: 23
    Never mind, I just looked up his profile. Didn't realize how many wins he has. Was before my interest in watching golf really kicked in...
  • KnightPSKnightPS Members Posts: 283 ✭✭
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  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 7,853 ✭✭
    Andy North, and he won two US Opens. Both ugly, and might not have won one if not for the double hit by TC Chen. At Cherry Hills, every drive looked like it came right off the heel, and he played 18 in the final round like one of the 20 hdcp members.
  • hell_is_chromehell_is_chrome Members Posts: 938 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #11


    Bradley and Dufner are your top votes? Over these likes of Michael Campbell, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel?




    I'm a little biased, I played with Ben Curtis a couple of times in high school, but let's look at his record. He won 4 PGA Tour events including his Open Championship, had another T2 in the 2008 PGA Championship, played on a winning a Ryder Cup team in 2008 (where he went 1-1-1 including beating Lee Westwood in singles), and was at one time the number 1 ranked amateur in the world. Of the names you listed Shaun Micheel is easily the least accomplished.
  • Santiago GolfSantiago Golf I Strive to make you Better Members Posts: 4,997 ✭✭
    Keegan is probably would have continued his success if it wasn't for the anchor ban. Tee to Green he is still one the best on tour, but he has no faith in his putter anymore. He has new one every single week pretty much and has tried various different grips and styles.



    Dufner won his major and then had injury. Lost a tremendous amount of weight and had to re learn to play golf at that size. Also he had to deal with his divorce, which is never easy.



    Kaymer is doing pretty good considering he won his major, then change his swing and his mom did die in that time period. Life hasn't been easy for him
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  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,441 ✭✭
    Ryanunc12 wrote:


    Isn't Justin Leonard in the mix here?




    Not even close. Double digit tour wins, a Player's Championship. He's far closer to the HOF than this list.
  • moegolfer11moegolfer11 steal your face right off your head Members Posts: 2,185 ✭✭
    Lucas Glover. Although he did have 2 other wins.
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  • cdnglfcdnglf Members Posts: 3,183 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #15


    Keegan is probably would have continued his success if it wasn't for the anchor ban. Tee to Green he is still one the best on tour, but he has no faith in his putter anymore. He has new one every single week pretty much and has tried various different grips and styles.



    Dufner won his major and then had injury. Lost a tremendous amount of weight and had to re learn to play golf at that size. Also he had to deal with his divorce, which is never easy.



    Kaymer is doing pretty good considering he won his major, then change his swing and his mom did die in that time period. Life hasn't been easy for him




    You could make a list of the 100 "worst players to win a major" and Kaymer wouldn't be on it.
  • that0neguythat0neguy Members Posts: 482
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #16
    Fred Herd, dude won with an 82 stroke average...what a chump!



    Everyone and their brother could win a major back then!
  • LanDogLanDog Members Posts: 133 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #17
    It's Todd Hamilton isn't it? Surely? He didn't top 10 in another major apart from his win. Didn't make it on tour until well into his 30s as well I'm pretty sure
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  • MarkCPAMarkCPA Members Posts: 1,287 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2016 #18
    Birdie Kim, 2005 US Women's Open Champion
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  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,441 ✭✭
    MarkCPA wrote:


    Birdie Kim, 2005 US Women's Open Champion




    Lol. I wonder if her and Hillary Lunke could win anything if they played a scramble vs the rest of the field.
  • cdnglfcdnglf Members Posts: 3,183 ✭✭
    LanDog wrote:


    It's Todd Hamilton isn't it? Surely? He didn't top 10 in another major apart from his win. Didn't make it on tour until well into his 30s as well I'm pretty sure




    Among recent guys, I'd say Micheel. Hamilton won the Honda the same year as the Open. He also won quite a few events in Japan.
  • BMCBMC Members Posts: 3,557 ✭✭
    Steve Jones won 8 PGA Tour events over a 10-year period. Take him off the list.



    Everyone who won a Major deserved it, that week.
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  • hell_is_chromehell_is_chrome Members Posts: 938 ✭✭

    MarkCPA wrote:


    Birdie Kim, 2005 US Women's Open Champion




    Lol. I wonder if her and Hillary Lunke could win anything if they played a scramble vs the rest of the field.




    They might have a shot at "early 2015 Tiger". Maybe.
  • jmckjmck Members Posts: 4,277 ✭✭
    BMC wrote:


    Steve Jones won 8 PGA Tour events over a 10-year period. Take him off the list.



    Everyone who won a Major deserved it, that week.




    Crossed him off my list. I had no idea he won eight times. Had his career totally wrong in my head.
  • vitaminstevevitaminsteve Banned Posts: 687
    Male: Shaun Micheel- 1 tour win (major), 1 Asian tour win, 1 Web.com win Or Orville Moody- 1 Tour win Major but did have a decent senior tour career

    Female: Hillary Lunke- 1 major only win
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  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,301 ✭✭
    Wayne Grady

    Lucas Glover

    Y E Yang

    Shaun Micheel

    Todd Hamilton

    Ian Baker-Finch
  • crazy8golfercrazy8golfer Unregistered Posts: 1,292
    jmck wrote:

    BMC wrote:


    Steve Jones won 8 PGA Tour events over a 10-year period. Take him off the list.



    Everyone who won a Major deserved it, that week.




    Crossed him off my list. I had no idea he won eight times. Had his career totally wrong in my head.
    Off topic, but Steve Jones was a nice guy. Got to play with him in a pro-am in Atlanta years ago. He was a very good putter, I believe using about a 28" to 30" putter.
  • setter02setter02 Domesticated Domicile Attendant. aka. House Husband Banned Posts: 2,617
    Altho he won a few events previous to his, what has drippy Cink done since '09?
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  • widow-makerwidow-maker Members Posts: 1,601 ✭✭
    Orville Moody was the worst putter to ever hit the PGA Tour. I mean, by far, the worst putter. 36 putts was a good round for him. But, he was also one of the best ball strikers to ever come out on Tour. Probably a better ball striker than Trevino. He was Calvin Peete like with his ball striking. Moody's success on the Senior Tour probably had a lot to do with going to the long putter.



    I'd say Shaun Micheel in answer to the OP's question.
  • RoodyRoody You ride her until she bucks you or don't ride at all Members Posts: 1,056 ✭✭
    Micheel. Though it was pretty cool to witness him stick his approach shot on the 72nd hole in-person.
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  • MwscgolfMwscgolf Members Posts: 185 ✭✭
    Some good answers here. Thanks boys
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  • Dave230Dave230 Members Posts: 3,769 ✭✭
    Micheel didn't win again but did at least finish 2nd in the PGA in 2006 to show good play in a major was no fluke. Curtis was the most unlikely at the time but had an ok career afterwards. Hamilton had a decent Japan Tour record but absolutely nothing after 2004. Rich Beem is another one, lost his game afterwards and hardly did much before it.



    Michael Campbell shouldn't be on the list. Another one who lost his game after a major (there's a trend here) but 8 European Tour wins including the World Matchplay. I remember when he won the Irish Open in 2003 he was generally regarded as one of the best players on tour at the time. Shame what happened afterwards I suppose.
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