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Rogin the Armchair fan
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We normally focus on those sportmen and women who appear destined to win the big events but just seem to fall short when it matters. Merlene Ottey. Asafa Powell. Greg Norman. Colin Montgomerie. Successive English football teams.

What's the definitive list of players who inexplicably seemed to do the opposite - play like dogs all year long, then come good when the real pressure was on? Golf's got two cracking examples, for a start. Andy North was the archetypal journeyman pro, winning just 3 events in his entire 20-year career on tour. But two of those 3, inexplicably, came at the U.S. Open, a tournament Sam Snead, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros never won at all, and even Tiger Woods has only won twice (to date). And then there was Larry Nelson - a more consistent winner than North with 10 career wins, but never ranked among the world's top ten, yet one who won 3 major titles in his career - the same as Ernie Els, Nick Price, or Vijay Singh, who were all world number ones and spent the best part of their careers among the top ten.

Any others?

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Reed
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Eli Manning.
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A large number of that Washington Redskins team that won the superbowl.
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Joe Johnson.

Not only did he win the world snooker championship as an unseeded nobody, he then did fuck all for the following 50 weeks but made it to the world final again when the time came to defend his title. Chapeau.

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Paul Lawrie
Lasse Viren

Kelly Holmes, I suppose.

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Lance Armstrong
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Billy Konchellah, the Kenyan 800m runner. Won gold at the world championships in Rome in 1987, then disappeared for four years, then won it again in Tokyo.

Later became a serial rapist.

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Lance Armstrong won a World Championship in his pre-cancer days.
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Cycling's not exactly snooker, either.
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Reed
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Lance Armstrong could headline another category - "Athletes who built their whole career and training regimen around just winning on the big stage."
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This only works for sports with "golden" events, doesn't it? You're not really going to get Formula 1 drivers in here, are you?

"He was never close to winning the world championship, but he had a strange hold over the San Marino grand prix."

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Rogin the Armchair fan
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By the same token, it could work with Horse whipping, though. Wasn't Frankie Dettori's Derby win last his first ever in a career that's basically had him as the world's top jokey for about a decade? Have any jockeys won loads of big races but never really been regular winners of smaller ones?
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Alan Taylor..bought by West Ham from Rochdale in 1975 for next to nowt and scored two goals in each of the FA Cup rounds from quarter final to Final...
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Paolo Rossi during the 1982 World Cup, he was virtually anonymous until he scored the hatrick against Brazil.
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