2018 saw the rebirth of many players who had not won a tournament in a number of years, but which other players haven't won in a while?


10 Players On Big Win Droughts

2018 was the year many golfers ended lengthy winless droughts with both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson winning for the first time in five years.

The biggest of all, however, was Charles Howell III, who ended an 11-year wait with victory at the RSM Classic.

But which players currently have big win droughts themselves?

Jordan Spieth

Career high world ranking: 1st
PGA Tour wins: 11
Last victory: Open Championship – July 2017

Jordan Spieth won the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale

The Texan was looking set to be the dominant player of his era, winning three Majors, reaching the World No.1 position and achieving many more accolades.

Spieth was a fantastic iron player, a brilliant competitor and the best putter in the world, but it just hasn’t happened for him over the past two years.

He got the ‘yips’, struggled with his mental game, his long game…basically everything.

Martin Kaymer

Career high world ranking: 1st
PGA Tour wins: 3
European Tour wins: 11
Last victory: US Open – June 2014

Martin Kaymer holed the winning putt in 2012 at Medinah (Getty Images)

It was only six years ago that Martin Kaymer sunk the putt at Medinah to win the Ryder Cup.

Two years later he won both The Players at TPC Sawgrass and his second Major at the US Open at Pinehurst, by a mammoth eight strokes.

2018 was his worst year on Tour and he only just regained his PGA Tour card through a special exemption.

2019 has been better for the German but he has lost his PGA Tour card and failed to qualify for the Open Championship.

Nick Watney

Career high world ranking: 9th
PGA Tour wins: 5
Last victory: CIMB Classic – October 2012

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It is now approaching seven years since Nick Watney last won on Tour. He saw off Dustin Johnson to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2011 before winning the first FedEx Cup playoff event, The Barclays, in 2012.

Once a top-10 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking, Watney only played four times on Tour in 2016 due to a herniated disc in his back.

The 37-year-old contended with Jason Day for the Wells Fargo early in 2018 and went on to miss just four cuts in 27 starts.

A return to form could be on the horizon.

Hunter Mahan

Career high world ranking: 4th
PGA Tour wins: 6
Last victory: The Barclays – August 2014

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Another American that has fallen from grace is Hunter Mahan.

He has had multiple top-10s in all four Majors, been on two winning Ryder Cup sides, won two WGCs plus The Barclays.

Yet, Mahan is still only 37 but will have to regain his PGA Tour card for this year in the Korn Ferry Tour finals.

His last win was in 2014, can he return to his former heights?

Peter Hanson

Career high world ranking: 17th
European Tour wins: 6
Last victory: BMW Masters – October 2012

European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal (right) with Peter Hanson (left) after Europe’s 14.5-13.5 win at Medinah Country Club in 2012. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

From one two-time Ryder Cup winner to another, Sweden’s Peter Hanson is entering a seventh year without victory.

His last win came at the now defunct BMW Masters, one of six victories on the European Tour.

Hanson tied for third at the 2012 Masters, arguably his best golfing year.

Zach Johnson

Career high world ranking: 6th
PGA Tour wins: 12
Last victory: The 144th Open Championship – July 2015

Zach Johnson during the final round of his 2007 Masters victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Zach Johnson’s last victory came at the 144th Open Championship, when he defeated Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen to win his second Major title.

The 42-year-old has been in some good form since that victory with numerous top-10s but still without that return to the winner’s circle.

Stewart Cink

Career high world ranking: 5th
PGA Tour wins: 6
Last victory: The 138th Open Championship – July 2009

Stewart Cink will hope 2019 is the year he breaks his long wait for a victory.
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The 46-year-old is still going strong and he isn’t as old as you think.

However, 2019 will be a tenth year without a victory which must be one of the longest on tour now.

Surely this Major champion has another win in him.

Luke Donald

Career high world ranking: 1st
PGA Tour wins: 5
European Tour wins: 7
Last victory: Dunlop Phoenix – November 2013

Luke Donald was a Ryder Cup vice-captain during Europe’s 2018 triumph.
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Luke Donald is a former world number one and 17-time multiple tour winner.

He returned from injury towards the back end of 2018 and is looking to replicate Tiger Woods’ comeback with a victory in 2019.

The 41-year-old has not won since the Dunlop Phoenix in 2013. He is now world number 652 and has only made 3 cuts in his last 11 events.

Nicolas Colsaerts

Career high world ranking: 32nd
European Tour wins: 2
Last victory: Volvo World Match Play – May 2012

Belgium’s Colsaerts has a very good team record but is without a solo win since 2012.
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Another member of that 2012 Ryder Cup side was Nicolas Colsaerts, the Belgian has nine professional wins to his name.

His last win on the European Tour came at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in May 2012.

Jamie Donaldson

Career high world ranking: 23rd
European Tour wins: 3
Last victory: Thailand Golf Championship – December 2015

Donaldson has three European Tour victories to his name but none since 2014.
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Welshman Jamie Donaldson enjoyed four years straight of winning between 2012 and 2015 but has been without won since then.

2018 was a poor year by his standards as he missed cuts in 50% of his tournaments and failed to record a place above T34.

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