The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
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, and most recently, Akshay Bhatia, all have at least one PGA Tour victory.
Congratulations to Brian Harman,
Winner of the 2023 Open Championship.
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 surprising and fairly dominating performance earned him $3,000,000 and a new found place among the games top performance, moving him up to #10 on the OWGR.
The 36 year old from Georgia 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 4 second place and 9 third place finishes among 51 top-ten finishes, earning him nearly $32,000,000 over the past ten years. With his recent play he has certainly equaled and maybe even surpassed Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson as the worlds best active lefthanded golfer.
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.
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.