06/12/2012 10:25 am ET

U.S. Open: Phil Mickelson, Sam Snead Among Five Best Golfers Never To Win

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the most popular labels in golf is the best to have never won a major.

Here's another one – best to never win a U.S. Open.

Sam Snead might have won his national open if he had only known the score. Greg Norman is the only player to lose all four stroke-play majors in a playoff, and it started with the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Phil Mickelson has more silver medals than he wants.

All of them are major champions. All of them are in the Hall of Fame. None is on the roll call of champions for the U.S. Open.

Here are the five best players to never have won golf's second-oldest championship:

(All captions via AP)

5 Best To Never Win A U.S. Open