Lee Westwood isn't alone at being a bridesmaid

Mon, Jul 19

By finishing a distant second to Louis Oosthuizen at the British Open on Sunday, Lee Westwood has become the "best golfer not to have won a major." Phil Mickelson owned that dubious distinction after finishing third or better eight times, including third at the Masters three straight times (2001-2003). Mickelson finally won the event in 2004, and has now won four majors.

Westwood, who has finished in the top three in four of golf's last five majors, is not alone in being a bridesmaid.

Anna Kournikova: At least as well known for her modeling career, Kournikova was all the rage when she turned pro in 1995. She reached the semifinals in 12 events, but never won a singles title. In the majors, the closest she came was reaching the semis at Wimbledon in 1997, where she lost to eventual champion Martina Hingis.

Michelle Kwan: The most decorated skater in American history, Kwan never did stand on the top of the Olympic podium. She won nine U.S. championships and five World Championships. A favorite entering the 1998 and 2002 Games, she lost to a younger teammate. In 1998, she finished second to Tara Lipinski and in 2002 at age 21, she fell on a triple flip to finish third behind phenom and gold medalist Sarah Hughes.

Colin Montgomerie: An eight-time winner of Europe's Order of Merit, Monty's often sour disposition made him anything but a crowd favorite. Since turning pro in 1988, Monty has finished second five times in the majors, most recently at the 2006 U.S. Open (T2). He finished T68 at the British, after missing the cut in 2009.

Mike Powell: He holds the world record in the long jump (29-feet, 4 1/2-inches) and won two World Championships, but Carl Lewis (nine golds, including four in long jump between 1984-96) ruled the Olympics. Unfortunately for Powell, he peaked at the same time as the most dominant U.S. track athlete, and finished second to Lewis in the long jump at the Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992) Games.

Lee Westwood: Affable and gracious, who doesn't want Westwood to finally win a big one? Since 2008, Westwood has finished third or better five times in major championships, including finishing second in this year's Masters -- three strokes behind the Tour's other most affable guy, Mickelson -- and the British. The closest he's come to winning a major was at the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2009 British, where he missed a playoff by a stroke.