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Best golfers who never got 'er done at the Masters

When the Masters tournament opens its annual four-day run in Georgia Thursday amid the azaleas and pines of Augusta National Golf Club, the incomparable Tiger Woods will be shooting for his fifth green winner's jacket in 12 years on the pro tour – as well as the first-place money of more than $1.3 million. Among those lurking in the field will be Ernie Els, the sweet-swinging South African, who, like other top golfers before him, has been frustrated in trying to win the year's first major tournament. Six times, Els has finished among the Top 10 and twice he has been the runner-up (in 2000 and 2004). Not that it's any comfort to him, but he is hardly the first superb golfer to come up empty in trying to win the Masters. The website golf.about.com has compiled a list of the 10 best pros who've played in but never won the hallowed tournament. Here they are, led by Bobby Locke, another South African, who managed to win the prestigious British Open four times despite having his career interrupted by World War II:

1. Bobby Locke
2. Lee Trevino
3. Peter Thomson
4. Johnny Miller
5. Ernie Els
6. Lloyd Mangrum
7. Nick Price
8. Greg Norman
9. Hale Irwin
10. Julius Boros

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