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.
Bonnie Bryant is still the only lefthanded golfer to ever win a PGA Tour event.
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.
We are sad to report that former PGA Tour Golfer Ernie Gonzalez passed away on May 15, 2020. Gonzalez turned pro in 1983, and earned his first and only PGA Tour win at the Pensacola Open in 1986. He was just the third lefthanded golfer to ever win a tour event, and is still one of only thirteen to do so. He was just 59 years old when he died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Happy Birthday Phil! - Phil Mickelson turned 50 in June 2020, making him eligible to play in the PGA Tour Champions Events (formerly known as the Senior Tour). He celebrated by entering the Charles Schwab Series at Ozark National in August, and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in October, and winning both of them. Considering that Mickelson is still able to compete on the regular tour, it might seem unfair that he is taking money away from his old friends on the Champions Tour.
Bob Charles, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bubba Watson are the class of the field.
The 2019-2020 PGA Tour Season ended in early September, just in time for the 2020-2021 season to start. It ended without any lefthanded golfers winning any tournaments. Phil Mickelson had a 2nd place and a 3rd place finish, Bubba Watson had a 3rd place finish and two others in the top ten, and Brian Harman also had a 3rd place finish. Watson was the top ranked lefthanded golfer, finishing the year ranked #53, followed by Mickelson at #60, Harman at #61, Ted Potter, Jr. at #151, and Tim Wilkinson at #161. We’ll update the results for 2020-2021 after they’ve played a few more events.