The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports

Russ Cochran became the fifth lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victorywhen he won the Centel Western Open in July 1991.  Cochran had been on tour almost ten years before his only victory.  He played in 599 tour events and did have eight second-place and four third-place finishes.  Cochran has won five more tournaments and earned more than ten million dollars on the Seniors Tour. 

Mike Weir became the sixth lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victory when he won the Air Canada Championship in September 1999, his first of 8 career wins.  Read more about Mike Weir here

Steve Flesch became the seventh lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victorywhen he won the HP Classic of New Orleans in May 2003.  Flesch has played in 464 PGA tour events with four victories, three second-place and five third-place finishes to his credit.  

Eric Axley became the eighth lefthanded golfer to win a PGA tour eventwhen he won the Valero Texas Open in September 2006.  Axley tied for ninth in the 2008 US Open and has not had much success since, but he does still plays on the on the PGA tour and the secondary tour. 

Bubba Watson became the ninth lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victory when he won the Travelers Championship in June 2010, his first of 12 tour victories.  Read more about Bubba Watson here

Ted Potter, Jr. became the tenth lefthanded golfer to win a PGA tour eventwhen he won the Greenbrier Classic in July 2012.  He struggled for the next six years, then earned his second win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Feb 2018.  Potter, Jr. is playing regularly on the tour in 2020.

Brian Harman became the eleventh lefthanded golfer to win a PGA tour eventwhen he won the John Deere Classic in July 2014.  He earned his second career win  at the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2017, a month before he tied for second at the U.S. Open.  In addition to his two victories and one second-place finish, he has finished third six times.  In August 2015, Harman became the third player in PGA tour history (and the first lefthander) with two aces in the same round.  

Greg Chalmers became the twelveth lefthanded golfer to win a PGA tour eventwhen he won the Barracuda Championship in July 2016.  He had played in nearly four-hundred PGA events since 1998 and also has two second place finishes besides his lone victory.  Chalmers is from Australia and he has five international victories to his credit, including the Australian PGA Championship in 2011 and 2014.

Cody Gribble became the thirteenth lefthanded golfer to win a PGA tour eventwhen he won the Sanderson Farms Championship in October 2017.  He has played regularly on the tour through 2018-2019 but has little success besides that one victory. 

Garrick Higgo became the fourteenth lefthanded golfer to win a PGA Tour event when he won the Palmetto Championship in June 13, 2021.  Higgo is from South Africa and the 22 year old already had 6 international victories, including 3 on the European Tour, when he began playing in the USA and won in just his 2nd PGA start.

All Lefthanded Golfers With PGA Tour Wins

Bob Charles became the first lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victory when he won the Houston Open in April 1963, one of six PGA Tour wins in his career.  Read more about Bob Charles here

Sam Adams became the second lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victorywhen he won the Quad Cities Open in September 1973.  Adams finished in the top ten six times from 1972 through 1975, but never had another victory and disappeared from the tour by the end of the 1970’s.

Ernie Gonzalez became the third lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victorywhen he won the Pensacola Open in October 1986.  Gonzalez also had a third place finish and one more finish in the top ten that year, which was his best year, and he never came close to that success again.  Gonzalez passed away in 2020 at the age of 59.

Phil Mickelson became the fourth lefthanded golfer to earn a PGA tour victory when he won the Northern Telecom Open in January 1991, the first of his 45 career wins Read more about Phil Mickelson here

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