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SI Golf+ convened a panel of experts—senior writers Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle; special contributor John Garrity and a Tour pro who participated on the condition of anonymity—to tackle these and other questions
Heroes And Zeroes
ADAM SCOTT WON THE MASTERS, SO NOW WHO'S THE BEST PLAYER WITHOUT A MAJOR?
Shipnuck: Luke Donald. Lee Westwood was probably the best five years ago. Now he's not winning as regularly; he's slipping into a slow twilight. I'd vote for Luke.
Garrity: It's got to be Westwood, based on seniority. He's been trying longer. Luke is definitely a close second. So I don't think Alan is crazy at all—I don't care what people say.
Anonymous Pro: Westwood played well again at Augusta this year until the weekend. How much longer before he's like Monty and it's time to put an old horse out to pasture?
Garrity: Westwood still has game and can contend. It's the same with Sergio García. We've given up on him, yet he still pops up on the leader board. Lightning can still strike.
Shipnuck: The difference is, Sergio has given up while Westwood is still chasing it. Based on the heartbreak factor, guys who have come close, it's definitely Westwood. Donald has had plenty of top 10s and backdoor top fives, but he hasn't really let one slip through his grasp at the end.
Anonymous Pro: Westwood is a U.S. Open type because he's got a short game where you just open the face and beat it out of the rough. That's why the Open tends to favor ball strikers like Lee. His short game doesn't work as well at Augusta.
Van Sickle: I rank the major-less players based on who's playing the best at the moment. So I'm going with Brandt Snedeker, who's number 6 in the world and has had chances to win two of the last three majors.