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The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports

The Best Lefthanded Golfers of All Time

Bubba Watson turned pro in 2003 and has earned over a million dollars each year since 2006.  He earned his first PGA Tour Victory in 2010, and currently has a total of twelve career wins, (including the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014) along with fourteen 2nd place finishes and five 3rd place finishes among his fifty-eight times in the top ten.  In February 2015 he had earned the #2 ranking in the world, slumped a bit in 2016-2017, then came back with 3 tour wins in 2018.  Watson continues to play regularly and is a threat to win every time he plays.  Read more here.

Phil Mickelson turned pro in 1992 after a successful collegiate career at Arizona State University.  He had won his first PGA tour event as an amateur in 1991, the first of 44 tour victories, including the Masters in 2004, 2006, & 2010, the PGA Championship in 2005, and The British Open in 2013.  He has ranked among the top money winners almost every year since his debut, and ranks 2nd all-time.  He had struggled with injuries for a few years but came back strong in 2018 and 2019.  He has struggled on the 2020-21 PGA Tour, while making a strong first impression on the Seniors/Champions tour.  Read more here.

Mike Weir turned pro in 1992 and had some success on the Canadian Professional Tour and the Asian tour, but struggled until he earned his first career victory in 1999.  Overall he has played in 440 tour events with eight tour victories, ten 2nd place finishes, and eight 3rd place finishes among sixty-nine times in the top 10.  In 2003, he won the Masters tournament and finished 3rd in the US Open.  He continues to play on the PGA tour but has struggled with various injuries in recent years.  Weir recently turned 50 years old and started playing the Champions tour with some good results. .  Read more here.

Bob Charles turned pro in 1960.  After winning the New Zealand Open in 1960, he turned his efforts to the European and North American Tours.  He earned his first PGA victory at the Houston Classic in April 1963, becoming the first lefthanded golfer ever to win a PGA tour event.  He followed that victory four months later by winning The British Open.  For his career, Charles finished with six wins, eight second-place, and five third-place finishes.  He also won twenty-three times on the Senior Tour from 1987 to 1996. Read more here.