10 Best Golfers Who Never Won The Masters Tournament

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Counting Down to No. 1: Golf's Greatest Without a Green Jacket

Smiling Julius Boros, after winning the 1963 US Open Golf Championship at Brookline, MA
3-time major championship winner Julius Boros, pictured here in 1963, never won The Masters. Bettman/Getty Images

The Masters has been won by most of golf's greatest players ... but not by all of them. Who are the best golfers in the sport's history without a victory at The Masters? We count down the Top 10.

(Note: The Masters was first played in 1934, so obviously, golfers whose careers ended before 1934 are not eligible. Only golfers with at least three Masters appearances were considered. Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and Tommy Armour were specifically excluded from consideration because their careers were near their ends by the time The Masters was founded. Jones had retired from competition in 1930, although he played in more than 10 Masters.)

10. Julius Boros

Julius Boros won 18 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors. His last major came at age 48 at the 1968 PGA Championship. In 25 appearances at The Masters, his best finish was a tie for third.

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9. Lloyd Mangrum

Lloyd Mangrum drives from the first tee in the opening round of the 30th annual Los Angeles Open Golf Tourney. Cary Middlecoff (directly behind him) and Ed 'Porky' Oliver (holding cup) watch.
Lloyd Mangrum hits a drive during a 1956 tournament. Bettman/Getty Images

A 36-time winner on the PGA Tour, with one major championship victory, Lloyd Mangrum had many good years at Augusta National. He just never won the thing.

Mangrum finished second twice, third twice and fourth twice. From 1947 to 1956, he finished no lower than 8th.

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8. Hale Irwin

Hale Irwin drives the ball at the 1985 U.S. Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia.
Hale Irwin during the 1985 Masters Tournament. David Cannon/Getty Images

The three-time U.S. Open champion wore some of the best plaid pants of the 1970s. But Hale Irwin never wore the crown as Masters champ, despite finishing in the Top 10 seven times. From 1974-77, Irwin finished no lower than 5th at Augusta National.

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7. Nick Price

Nick Price plays out of the rough on the first hole during the second round of the 2004 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club
Nick Price (at Augusta in 2004) was the first golfer to shoot 63 in a Masters Tournament. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Nick Price won the British Open once and PGA Championship twice. But his best finish at The Masters was fifth place. He finished sixth three other times.

No better than fifth is surprising given that Augusta National was clearly a course Price could do damage to. He was, after all, the first golfer to shoot 63 in The Masters, doing so in the third round in 1986.

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6. Greg Norman

Greg Norman of Australia sinks to his knees on the 15th green after narrowly missing the hole with his chip shot during the final round of the 1996 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club
Greg Norman agonizes over a just-missed chip shot in 1996. David Cannon/Getty Images

Greg Norman's heartbreaks at Augusta are legend. In 1986, Jack Nicklaus' last charge beat him. In 1987, Larry Mize's chip-in beat him. Infamously, in 1996, his own mighty collapse and Nick Faldo's great round beat him.

That sort of thing happened a lot to Norman, and not just at Augusta. He still managed to put together Hall of Fame win totals, though.

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5. Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller walks off the 18th green wht his golf ball in his mouth after finishing the 1975 Masters one stroke back from winner Jack Nicklaus
Is Johnny Miller trying to eat that golf ball? This is how he walked off the final green of the 1975 Masters. Bettman/Getty Images

Johnny Miller was involved in one of the great Masters, 1975, when Jack Nicklaus' back-nine surge powered him past Miller and Tom Weiskopf.

Miller is one of those guys whose game seemed perfect for Augusta National, but he had surprisingly few Top 10 finishes: only four in 19 Masters appearances. But three of those (1971, 1975, 1981) were second-place showings.

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4. Ernie Els

Ernie Els searching for his golf ball on the 13th hole of the 1994 Masters
Ernie Els seems almost as lost as his golf ball behind the 13th green in the 1994 Masters. David Cannon/Getty Images

There's still a slim (very slim) chance that Ernie Els can remove himself from this list, but as he's well into his 40s time is growing short.

Els' combination of power and touch was tailor-made for Augusta National. Els has won four majors, most recently the 2012 British Open. He's finished second at The Masters twice, but never won it.

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3. Bobby Locke

South African golfer Bobby Locke photographed in 1964
4-time major champion Bobby Locke. Getty Images

Bobby Locke won the British Open four times. On the PGA Tour in the late 1940s, Locke played 59 tournaments and finished in the Top 4 in 34 of them, with 11 wins.

But in 1949, Locke and the PGA Tour got into a fight over playing commitments and the tour wound up banning him. That ban was lifted a couple years later, but Locke rarely returned to America. He played The Masters only four times, his best finish a tie for 10th.

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2. Peter Thomson

Golfer Peter Thomson playing in 1963
5-time British Open champion Peter Thomson. H. Thompson/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The great Australian was one of the best links golfers ever, winning the British Open five times. But in eight Masters appearances, Peter Thomson finished in the Top 10 just once.

He could have played The Masters more often, but chose not to, concentrating on the less-manicured golf courses he preferred in Europe and Australia. Thomson is one of the few golfers to publicly admit a dislike of Augusta National.

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1. Lee Trevino

Lee Trevino pictured during the 1979 Masters
Lee Trevino plays from a bunker during the 1979 Masters. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

Lee Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour (and another 29 times on the Champions Tour), and that figure includes two wins in each of the other three majors: the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Those numbers would probably be even more impressive but for injury woes that started after Trevino was struck by lightning in 1975.

Injury wasn't Trevino's problem in The Masters, though. Trevino, his contemporaries say, psyched himself out of winning the Masters. He believed his game wasn't suited to the golf course, and he even skipped a couple Masters during his heyday in the early 1970s.

Trevino never felt comfortable at Augusta National. He often avoided entering the clubhouse, heading straight from his car to the driving range. Trevino's best finish in a Masters was 10th in both 1975 and 1985.

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