When Sergio García burst into the public consciousness in 1999 following an outstanding round at Augusta – where the Spaniard was playing as an amateur – before going toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah where the 19-year-old finished second, few will have imagined the youngster would have had to wait almost 18 years before claiming his first major. However, on Sunday the ever-popular García – at his 74th attempt – did just that on what would have also been Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.
Lee Westwood, meanwhile, remains the longest-standing active player on either the PGA or European Tour without a major to his name having now started 75 majors.
Irvine ends Ireland's 117-year wait for a gold medal on the track
Despite having a long and rich history of successful road cyclists, it is unlikely that many in Ireland will have been able to name a single track rider until Martyn Irvine made a name for himself in Belarus back in February 2103.
After Belfast and Dublin had earlier in the day been handed the opening stages for the 2014 Giro d’Italia, Irish cycling was on a high. Irvine then sent it into the stratosphere on what turned out to be one of the greatest days in Irish cycling history when he ended their 117-year wait for a medal at the Track Cycling World Championships.
The only other Irishman to win a track medal was Harry Reynolds, who triumphed in the 1896 World Mile Championships in Copenhagen. That ended, though, when Irvine finished runner-up to Australia’s Michael Hepburn to win silver medal in the individual pursuit.
A short while later Irvine did the improbable and upgraded to gold after beating Andreas Müller in the 15km scratch to become Ireland's first track world champion since 1896.
Chicago Cubs break 108-year curse of Billy Goat
The Chicago Cubs shed themselves of the "Curse of the Billy Goat" and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title in Nov 2016 after Ben Zobrist blasted a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to beat Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 in a thrilling Game Seven classic.
The triumph of Chicago's beloved Cubbies set off a wild celebration in the streets of the Windy City after more than a century of pent up frustration for fans since their last Major League Baseball championship in 1908.
Chicago Cubs had endured the longest title drought in baseball before they became the first club to overcome a 3-1 Series deficit since Kansas City Royals in 1985.
According to the legend, Billy Sianis – owner of the Billy Goat Tavern was kicked out of a game in 1945 because of foul odour of his pet goat was upsetting fans. Outraged, he then cursed the club and declared it would not win another World Series. Luckily for Cubs fans, though, Zobrist's winning run put an end to the supposed curse that had overshadowed their club for over a century leaving them to celebrate with a beer or two, perhaps in Sianis' old drinking den.
Boston kills 'Curse of the Bambino'
Despite being the fifth most successful American baseball team of all time having won five editions of the World Series, the Boston Red Sox endured a drought so long that towards the end of the 20th century large sections of their fans believed the club was cursed.
Not since the club had sold the legendary Babe Ruth to rivals New York Yankees had the Red Sox won the World Series, leading to the myth of the 'Curse of the Bambino'. Throughout the latter part of the century the club went close, but always missed out much to the delight of Yankees fans.
However, in 2004 the club finally killed off the curse when they beat St Louis Cardinals to seal their first World Series title for 86 years. The club has subsequently won a further two titles.
Blackburn Rovers end 81-year wait for the league title
When businessman Jack Walker bought Blackburn Rovers in 1991 they were languishing in the Second Division having just missed out in the play-off final. However, after investing millions in players and convincing Kenny Dalglish to return to management, the club were promoted to top flight.
After finishing second to Manchester United in the 1993/94 season, Walker invested further funds in his squad when he broke a British transfer record through the £5 million acquisition of Chris Sutton from Norwich City.
Sutton immediately forged a dynamic striking partnership with Alan Shearer as the pair, who became known as the 'SAS' such was their deadliness in front of goal, between them scored 49 league goals in the 1994/95 season.
On May 14, 1995, Dalglish took his side to Anfield where Blackburn lost to his former club Liverpool 2-1 while Manchester United, who started the day in second spot two points adrift of Rovers, were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham. Despite losing, Blackburn secured their first league title since 1914 while ending the longest wait between successful championship-winning campaigns in the English top flight.
Murray leads Britain to first Davis Cup title for 79 years
For years, decades even, British tennis had become bywords for mediocrity; and then came Andy Murray. Just three years after ending Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon title, Murray almost single-handedly won the 2015 Davis Cup after sealing a straight-sets win over Belgium's David Goffin in Ghent.
While the Davis Cup is obviously a team effort, Murray's figures were astonishing. His was officially the best individual run in the 115-year history of the Davis Cup. Until Murray, only one man had ever previously won 11 live rubbers in a single campaign – Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic in 2005.
“I’d say that’s probably the most emotional I’ve been after a win,” Murray said after leading the team to Davis Cup glory. “It’s incredible that we managed to win this competition. I didn’t know that would ever be possible.”
O'Driscoll finally leads Ireland to grand slam glory
With captain Brian O'Driscoll at his brilliant best, Ireland went into their final game of the Six Nations Championship campaign in 2009 needing to beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium to end their 61-year wait for a grand slam.
As the final whistle blew the Irish players were overcome by emotion as the enormity of their achievement sunk in. Declan Kidney's side had just beat Wales 17-15 to complete a clean sweep in the Six Nations.
O'Driscoll, who scored the most tries in the competition, was unsurprisingly named player of the tournament.
Bartali returns after World War II to win a second Tour
After becoming only the second Italian to win Tour de France in 1938, Gino Bartali was unable to defend his title as the Second World War threatened to end his career. With Italian teams refusing to send riders to the Tour de France, Bartali focused on races back in his homeland before they, too, were disrupted by the outbreak of war.
Throughout the war Bartali, a devout Catholic and vehemently anti-fascist, used his fame and popularity to help Jewish Italians escape persecution by smuggling documents to the Italian Resistance while out on what the police and German army assumed to be training rides.
Bartali's greatest moment, from a sporting perspective at least, though, came in 1948 when he became the first, and to this day only, rider to win the Tour de France with a 10-year gap between his triumphs.
"Gino, thank you from Italy," the commentator says in the above footage after the rider helped restore national pride.
Lauda remains the most patient F1 champion of all time
After winning two Formula One drivers' championship titles in quick succession – 1975 and 1977 – Niki Lauda had to wait another seven years for a third.
The Austrian won his third and final world title in 1984 by just half a point ahead of Alain Prost despite failing to register a single pole position during the entire campaign.
Jack Brabham (1960-66) and Lewis Hamilton (2008-14) had to wait six years between titles.