Worst Player to win a Major?

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  • DrunkenTigerDrunkenTiger Posts: 592 ✭✭
    Jack Nicklaus

    Tiger Woods

    Ben Hogan



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  • bermudabermuda Members Posts: 803 ✭✭
    playa wrote:

    cphrey wrote:


    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.


    JD may be an underchiever but he is a top 5 talent of the last 25 years. He is not even in the discussion of worst players to win a major. I'll throw Rich Beem into the mix with some of the others mentioned.



    I think the thread title is unfair, as worst implies being bad. Every major winner is a very good golfer. Perhaps something like 'least likely golfer to catch lightning in a bottle during a major week' would be a more fitting title.




    It could also be called "least likely golfer to be in second place when the leader implodes/misses a putt."
  • ShilgyShilgy Members Posts: 11,298 ✭✭


    Jack Nicklaus

    Tiger Woods

    Ben Hogan



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    So based on this thread Hogan is the worst of the top three ever? None of the "worst major winners" were poor golfers. But on any list the last person is the worst of the______. So give me a list of the top 10 golfers of all time and number 10 is the worst.
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  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,067 ✭✭
    bluesooner wrote:


    Another question would be, would you rather have 1 major of 5 regular tour wins (excluding big tournaments like The Players, Arnies, Jack's, etc...)?




    One major and not much else;



    Hamilton

    Yang

    Micheel

    Campbell

    Grady

    Glover



    Five PGA Tour wins without a major;



    Jimmy Walker

    Bob Toski

    Phil Rogers

    Scott Verplank

    Billy Mayfair

    Roger Maltbie



    Hmmmmm..... difficult choice, but I think I favor the "five wins" group.
  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 4,747 ClubWRX
    Micheel is far and away the worst. Apart from his PGA win he dud absolutely nothing in terms of winning.
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    Micheel was the worst. One other top 20 in a major, no other wins on tour. Two other professional wins (Asian Tour and Nike Tour). Hamilton won twice on tour, and has 15 other professional wins. Orville Moody has to be up there as well.



    This gets discussed a lot, though. What I think it more interesting is the worst player that has won multiple majors.




    There is no discussion about that, because the answer is so clear: Andy North.
    I see a gap. There definitely is a gap.
  • hell_is_chromehell_is_chrome Members Posts: 924 ✭✭
    edited Jul 1, 2016 #68
    bluesooner wrote:


    Conclusion: there are a lot of players who have won a major who had otherwise, unspectacular careers. And conversely, a lot of great players who have been held without.



    I think most would rather have careers of Sergio/Westwood rather than Cink/Beem.



    Another question would be, would you rather have 1 major of 5 regular tour wins (excluding big tournaments like The Players, Arnies, Jack's, etc...)?






    To answer your question, depends on which career would net more money.
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,013 ✭✭
    I'm going with either Mungo Park or Alf Perry.

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  • tannyhobantannyhoban Posts: 1,809 ✭✭
    dlygrisse wrote:


    I'm going with either Mungo Park or Alf Perry.




    Is this TBT? I was thinking today is Friday.
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,013 ✭✭
    tannyhoban wrote:

    dlygrisse wrote:


    I'm going with either Mungo Park or Alf Perry.




    Is this TBT? I was thinking today is Friday.




    Hey, I scrolled through a list of major winners and they are the only two I had never really heard of. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    But I am sure they were fine gentlemen.

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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,013 ✭✭
    MattyO1984 wrote:


    Micheel is far and away the worst. Apart from his PGA win he dud absolutely nothing in terms of winning.






    He did win the Singapore Open and a Nike Tour event. Pretty sure the Singapore Open is a big deal...in Singapore.

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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,013 ✭✭
    avrag wrote:



    Micheel was the worst. One other top 20 in a major, no other wins on tour. Two other professional wins (Asian Tour and Nike Tour). Hamilton won twice on tour, and has 15 other professional wins. Orville Moody has to be up there as well.



    This gets discussed a lot, though. What I think it more interesting is the worst player that has won multiple majors.




    There is no discussion about that, because the answer is so clear: Andy North.




    PGA Tour wins (3)

    No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin

    of victory Runner(s)-up 1 Aug 21, 1977 American Express Westchester Classic 66-70-65-71=272 −12 2 strokes 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png George Archer 2 Jun 18, 1978 U.S. Open 70-70-71-74=285 +1 1 stroke 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png J. C. Snead, 23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Dave Stockton 3 Jun 16, 1985 U.S. Open 70-65-70-74=279 −1 1 stroke 23px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Dave Barr, 23px-Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China.svg.png Chen Tze-chung, 23px-Flag_of_Zimbabwe.svg.png Denis Watson

    Major championships are shown in bold.

    Other wins (4)


    Champions Tour wins (1)


    Other senior wins (6)

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  • HighSpeedSceneHighSpeedScene Banned Posts: 3,183
    Arpeggi wrote:


    Keegan Bradley by far




    Huh - thought you would have said Willett
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  • iBanestoiBanesto Niclas Fasth Members Posts: 4,419 ✭✭
    Willie Anderson.



    In the 1901 US Open he took 331 strokes to win.



    84-83-83-81=331
  • CwingCwing Members Posts: 7,999 ✭✭
    mrmacwvu1 wrote:


    Peter Jacobson



    Had Roy only laid up on the par five he would have won




    Don't we have to throw Happy on this list? Not a major but still.
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  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,067 ✭✭
    iBanesto wrote:


    Willie Anderson.



    In the 1901 US Open he took 331 strokes to win.



    84-83-83-81=331




    Probably because the USGA was adding lots of penalty strokes for moving his ball.
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  • white03white03 Members Posts: 693 ✭✭
    Every time I read this topic title I think..."worst pro", there's no such thing. If they can compete on the PGA tour then they are very very good. I know, that's not the way to interpret what the OP asked. Just can't help it
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,390 ✭✭
    white03 wrote:


    Every time I read this topic title I think..."worst pro", there's no such thing. If they can compete on the PGA tour then they are very very good. I know, that's not the way to interpret what the OP asked. Just can't help it


    There is always a worst of everything. Worst pitcher in MLB, worst QB in the NFL, worst pizza you ever had, worst announcer on tv, etc.
  • white03white03 Members Posts: 693 ✭✭
    edited Jul 2, 2016 #82

    white03 wrote:


    Every time I read this topic title I think..."worst pro", there's no such thing. If they can compete on the PGA tour then they are very very good. I know, that's not the way to interpret what the OP asked. Just can't help it


    There is always a worst of everything. Worst pitcher in MLB, worst QB in the NFL, worst pizza you ever had, worst announcer on tv, etc.




    Yes, I got it and understand the intent of the post. Wasn't trying to pick at the OP.



    To me its kind of like this: Forbes publishes a list of "World Billionaires" and at #1694 is Zhaung Min with a measly $1B.



    So he is the least rich billionaire in the world. Gotta be a least rich billionaire, right



    Still wouldn't mind having his $1B.........or a Major title
  • iBanestoiBanesto Niclas Fasth Members Posts: 4,419 ✭✭

    Arpeggi wrote:


    Keegan Bradley by far




    Huh - thought you would have said Willett




    Willett hasn't been too impressive since that win.
  • GolfinGoonerGolfinGooner Members Posts: 1
    Cannot believe that the name of Webb Simpson has not been mentioned. About the least impressive major winner I can remember from the current era
  • Bingo1976Bingo1976 Posts: 2,493 ClubWRX


    Michael Campbell. What ever happened to that guy? Fell off the face of the earth




    He's a presenter on Fox Sports Asia now. Was one of my favourite players when I was growing up.
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    dlygrisse wrote:

    MattyO1984 wrote:


    Micheel is far and away the worst. Apart from his PGA win he dud absolutely nothing in terms of winning.






    He did win the Singapore Open and a Nike Tour event. Pretty sure the Singapore Open is a big deal...in Singapore.




    Spieth and McIlroy have both played in it, and I'm sure Anthony Kim won it one year.
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  • BMCBMC Members Posts: 3,523 ✭✭


    Cannot believe that the name of Webb Simpson has not been mentioned. About the least impressive major winner I can remember from the current era




    4 PGA Tour wins. $20 million in earnings. 30 years old. What a bum.
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    These guys won a major, and they have or they are still playing the PGA tour. I think that most all the guys that play the tour can win. Worst is to harsh a word. It should be "What was the biggest upset to win a major ?". They were in the zone that week or someone collapsed. These guys whom people listed don't think they were the worst.
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  • jwclubbiejwclubbie Members Posts: 1,180 ✭✭
    No such thing as a "worse" player on the professional level. When you win a Major, you are the greatest player in the world for that tournament.






    Mwscgolf wrote:


    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.



    Give me your best.
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