The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
Sam Adams, Ernie Gonzalez, Russ Cochran, Steve Flesch, Eric Axley, Ted Potter, Jr.
Greg Chalmers, Brian Harman, and Cody Gribble all have at least one PGA Tour victory.
Congratulations to Phil Mickelson, who won the 2021 PGA Championship,becoming the oldest player (at age 50) to ever win one of golfs’ Major Tournaments. For Mickelson, the most accomplished lefthanded golfer in history, it was his 45th overall tour win, including 6 majors, and his first win since February 2019. Other than a couple of wins on the Champions tour, he has played poorly since that time, and there was nothing in his recent play that suggested he might win this event. Let’s hope it is the start of another great run of more tournament victories for the man they call Lefty.
Bonnie Bryant is still the only lefthanded golfer to ever win a PGA Tour event.
The 2020-2021 PGA Tour
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 2020-2021 PGA Tour has completed 36 events through May 24th, with 16 events remaining. With his victory in the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson jumped from being ranked #151 on the tour, all the way to #31. Brian Harman is the next ranked lefthander at #35 with his best finish being a tie for 3rd. Bubba Watson is currently ranked #57, with his best a tie for 4th. Ted Potter, Jr. ranks #160, Tim Wilkinson ranks #188, Greg Chalmers ranks #214, and Mike Weir ranks #219.
Weir ranks #10 on the Champions Tour with a victory and two 2nd place finishes. Mickelson has played in 3 Champions Tour events with 2 victories and ranks #17. Steve Flesch is ranked #29 in 20 events, and Russ Cochran is ranked #91 in 10 Champions Tour events,
Bob Charles, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bubba Watson are the best of the field.