Michael Campbell ranked in worst major winners

Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013
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CAMBO BASHED: Michael Campbell has been named one of the worst golfers to win a major by a major broadcaster.

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An American sports broadcaster has taken a shot at Michael Campbell, naming him as one of the worst golfers to win a major in the last half century.

CBS Sports ranked Campbell in fifth based on his unseemly record on the American PGA tour.

Campbell won the 2005 US Open, seeing off Tiger Woods in the process, but that was his only win in the States, a point noted in the American-centric list. 

He won 15 times in all and was named the 2005 European Tour Player of the Year after a magical season.

He also spent six years of his career ranked in the top 50 players in the world and was consistently inside the top 20 with a peak ranking of 12 in 2001, years before his US Open victory.

But he had a widely reported form slump since 2005 and CBS noted his 0-for-10 cut making record at the Masters, which included an 11-over par 83 in 2010.

There were much worse players than Campbell on the list, with no-names like Rich Beem and Australian's Ian Baker-Finch and Wayne Grady receiving mentions.

However, there were none worse than Shaun Micheel. 

He made one of the best clutch shots in major history in winning the 2003 PGA Championship.

Unfortunately, that was the end of his good form and in 380 career starts on the PGA Tour he has one win. 

If he was a horse they would have sent him to the glue factory long ago.

The CBS list of 10 worst golfers to win a recent major championship:

10. Steve Jones, American, 1996 US Open winner 

On the list for missing the cut at a major 13 times.

9. Ian Baker-Finch, Australian, 1991 British Open winner

Missed 10 consecutive cuts in majors from 1994-96 and withdrew from 1997 British Open after firing opening round 92.

8. Wayne Grady, Australian, 1990 PGA Championship winner

Never won again on tour after PGA win and finished in the top 10 of a major just once in the next 15 years.

7. Larry Mize, American 1987 Masters winner

Only won his major because Greg Norman was a choker. On the second playoff hole, Mize chipped in from off the green for birdie, securing the victory.

6. Todd Hamilton, 2004 British Open winner

Another who hasn't won on tour since his win. He has one top 10 in a major, which came in the '04 Open Championship, when he defeated Ernie Els in a playoff.

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5. Michael Campbell, 2005 US Open winner

Drop-off in form after win and never really making it on the PGA tour.

4. Rich Beem, 2002 PGA Championship winner

Coming into the '02 PGA, Beem had only won twice on tour. Now he's won three times in all and has only made the cut in 12 of 31 majors. He did win a Nissan Altima once with a hole-in-one, so that's nice.

3. Paul Lawrie, 1999 British Open winner

Never won in America, won his major because Jean van de Velde had the greatest choke of all time at the 18th hols at Carnoustie.

2. Orville Moody, 1969 US Open winner

The late Orville Moody is popularly considered to be the least-successful golfer to win a major, given that his victory at the US Open was his only career win in 266 starts. Still had to beat Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Arnold Palmer though.

1. Shaun Micheel, 2003 PGA Championship winner

After his clutch shot it was all downhill from there for Micheel, who hasn't won on tour since and has missed the cut in 13 of the past 23 majors he has entered. One win from 380 starts on PGA tour.

- Fairfax Media

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