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The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports

Lefthanded Golfers with PGA Tour Victories

In addition to these all-time greats, Sam Adams, Ernie Gonzalez, Russ Cochran,

Steve Flesch, Eric Axley, Ted Potter, Jr. , Greg Chalmers, Brian Harman, Cody Gribble,

Garrick Higgo, Akshay Bhatia, and Robert MacIntyre all have at least one PGA Tour victory.

Congratulations to Brian Harman,

winner of the

2023 Open Championship. 

Lefthanded Golfers

Lefthanded Golfers on the LPGA Tour

Bonnie Bryant is still the only lefthanded golfer to ever win a LPGA Tour event,

and very few other ladies have ever succeeded in professional golf.

Brian Harman took the lead on the second day of the 2023 Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and never wavered, finishing the weekend 13 under par and 6 strokes ahead of the field.  In spite of finishing tied for 6th in the 2022 Open, and being the 21st leading money winner on the 2022-23 PGA Tour and ranked #26 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Harman was not considered among the favorites to win the Open.  His dominating performance earned him a new found place among the games top performancer, moving him up to #10 on the OWGR.

Harman has been a model of consistency since earning his way onto the PGA Tour in 2012.  He has two previous tour wins (one in 2014 and the other in 2017), with 5 second place and 9 third place finishes among 55 top-ten finishes, earning more than $37,000,000 in prize money.  Now plalying the best golf of his career at age 37, he has a chance to equal and maybe even surpass Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson as the worlds best active lefthanded golfer.

Why Aren't There More Lefthanded Golfers?

While most of the bias that prevented lefthanders from playing in the past has been alleviated,

there are still not as many lefthanders playing the game as one might expect.

The Best Lefthanded Golfers of All-Time

Bob Charles, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bubba Watson are still the best of the field,

and now Brian Harman is giving them a run for the money.