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. Gonzalez had little success on the tour other than his one victory. He had taught golf for a while after his playing career ended, but had not been involved in the sport for over ten years. He was just 59 years old when he died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Bob Charles, Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir and Bubba Watson are the class of the field.