Winning a major championship in golf is a legendary accomplishment, but unfortunately, not everyone who wins a major goes on to be a star. There is a laundry list of golfers who could qualify as “one hit wonders” and here are five of them.
1. Paul Lawrie
Despite turning pro in 1986, Lawire had to wait 13 years for his coming out party. In 1999, after winning the Qatar Masters that yeat Lawrie went on to win his first and only major, the 1999 Open Championship. This is perhaps better known as the tournament where Jean van de Velde had his epic collapse which allowed Lawrie to secure the win. Other than this win, his best finish at a major was a 15th place finish at the 2003 Masters.
2. Rich Beem
Despite being a pro golfer for over two decades, Beem has only 5 tournament wins. However, one of those wins came at the 2002 PGA Championship, which was full of superstar golfers that he managed to best. Not only is this he only real notable win and only major championship, he never finished in even the top 10 of any other major and his best finish other than as actually when he tied for 15th place at the 2003 Masters, with our last entrant in this article, Paul Lawrie.
3. Steve Jones
Fresh off of graduating from the University of Colorado, Jones joined the PGA Tour in 1982. The owner of 8 wins on the PGA Tour, his coming out party came in 1996. After six straight winless seasons, Jones’s career was floundering and he needed a win bad, He got that win, and it just so happened to be the biggest of his career by far as he took home the win at the 1996 U.S Open and also won the Comeback Player of the Year in 1996. Other than this, he only had one top 10 finish in a major throughout his career.
4. Todd Hamilton
While the guy only had two wins in the PGA Tour, he captured 11 on the Japanese Golf Tour and thus he is no stranger to winning championships, however, his biggest by far was one of his two PGA wins. He actually made his PGA Tour debut in 2004 and won his first ever tournament (Honda Classic) and then a few months later, won the 2004 Open Championship. These accomplishments earned him Rookie of the Year, but unfortunately, he would never win again and his best major finish from then on was 15th at the 2009 Masters
5. Shaun Micheel
Out of all the one hit wonders in golf, this is probably the craziest. Since turning pro in 1992, Micheel has only one PGA Tour win, and that just happened to be the 2003 PGA Championship. His next best finish in a major was 22nd at both the 2004 Masters and the 2010 U.S Open. He is one of very few golfers to have his only PGA Tour win be a major and he has had started nearly 400 tournaments and still has the single lone PGA win on his resume.