of the best players never to have won a championship.
hopefully we can remove his name from that list come June!
Still waiting for a championship
Phil Mickelson is no longer the "best player never to win a major."
And he can also take his name off this list of top 10 current athletes who have never won the big one (minimum of 10 full seasons in the pros):
Bonds dominated the 2002 World Series, but the Giants lost the final two games.
1. Barry Bonds
In 18 major-league seasons without a ring, Bonds has been to the playoffs seven times with the Pirates and Giants, but reached the World Series just once, in 2002. Bonds was great -- four home runs and 13 walks -- but the Giants lost in seven games to the Angels.
2. Karl Malone
The NBA's second all-time leading scorer went to 18 playoffs in 18 seasons with the Jazz and came close to rings in 1997 and 1998, when Utah lost to Chicago in six games both years in the NBA Finals.
3. Pedro Martinez
After 11 full seasons, Pedro has an incredible .712 winning percentage, but has never made it to the World Series. In 1999 and 2003 the Red Sox faced the Yankees in the ALCS, and as you know, lost a heartbreaker in seven games in 2003.
4. Sammy Sosa
Sosa's played 15 big-league seasons, which includes 25 games with the Rangers in 1989 and 2 1/2 years with the White Sox before joining the Cubs in 1992. He's been to the playoffs twice with the Cubs and came close -- as you know -- to making the World Series last season.
Best Retired Athletes
Without a Title
These active athletes should not hold their heads in shame. Plenty of all-time greats have never won a championship, either. Check the list of greatest athletes ever to never win the big one.
5. Ken Griffey Jr.
Junior has 15 seasons with the Mariners and Reds but just two trips to the postseason, in 1995 and 1997. The Mariners reached the ALCS in '95, but lost to the Indians in six games.
6. Gary Payton
In his 12 years with the Sonics, Seattle was a perennial title contender, but reached the NBA Finals just once in 1996, when the Sonics lost in six games to the Bulls.
7. Tim Brown
The nine-time Pro Bowler is third all time in catches after 16 seasons with the Raiders. He's seen the playoff six times and one Super Bowl, in 2003 when the Raiders got trampled 48-21 by the Buccaneers.
8. Reggie Miller
In his 17th season with the Pacers, Miller is 14th all time in points scored and headed to his 14th playoff appearance. The Pacers reached the NBA Finals in 2000, losing to the Lakers in six games.
9. Michelle Kwan
Kwan has won an incredible eight U.S. figure skating titles (including seven in row) and five world championships, but the big one has eluded her: she's never won an Olympic gold medal, finishing third in 2002 and second in 1998.
10. Jeremy Roenick
Roenick is back with the Flyers in the playoffs, after nearly seeing his career end earlier this season when he got hit in the jaw with a puck. Roenick spent eight seasons with Chicago, five with Phoenix and is in his third season with Philadelphia, but reached just one Stanley Cup Finals, in 1992, where the Blackhawks got swept by the Penguins.
Also receiving votes:
Jeff Bagwell/Craig Biggio
Colin Montgomerie (no majors)
Rosie Jones (24 top 10s in majors)