Some may refer to left-handed golfers as freaks in the course. You may even hear teasing while these lefties do their golf swing, especially when they hit a lousy shot. Experts in the golfing world say that around 5 to 7% golfers in North America are left handed. It still may be few in numbers, but some of them are making names in the world of golf.
Proud Left-Handed Golfers
- Phil Mickelson, an American professional golfer, was given the nickname of Lefty. He already won 43 PGA Tour including 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship, 2013 Open Championship.
Phil won three of the four major (missed the U.S. Open). In 2012, he received the honor of being invested into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- Bubba Watson is also multiple major champions. He has six PGA tour wins and two others that include the 2008 CVS Charity Classic. Majors recognized him as the best male golfer, and in 2015 reached the 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking.
- Mike Weir, a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour and has won eight times which includes the 2003 Masters and the 2004 Nissan Open. He has seven other wins, among which include three wins on the Canadian tour. He became the first Canadian Masters and the third-best left-handed golfers in the history of golf. He is one of those who changed the image of left-handed golfers.
- Bob Charles, or Sir Robert James Charles, is a professional lefty golfer from New Zealand. His accomplishments in over five decades make him one of the most successful left-handed golfers. He is the first left-handed golfer who won a golf major, having won more than 70 titles. He won four times in PGA tour that includes the 1963 Open Championship along with the 1974 Greater Greensboro Open.
- Steve Flesch is not just a professional golfer, but also a TV golf analyst (Fox Sports). He has four PGA Tour wins and four other wins along with the Nike Tour Championship. He is the second left-handed golfer to win the Web.com Tour. He has been one of the top 50 Official World Golf Rankings, taking the 24th spot in 2004.
- Russel Earl Cochran plays on the PGA Tour and is the only left-handed golfer that joined the PGA Tour from most ofthe 1980s through 1992. He has won a victory during the 1991 Centel Western Open. And though he only won once in the PGA Tour, he has nine other wins including the 2011 Senior Open Championship.
- Eric Axley was born in Athens, Tennessee and became a professional golfer in 1997. He won the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour, the Valero Texas Open in 2006. He lost his PGA Tour rights in 2009, but managed to qualify again and past the championship status in 2014.
- Ted Potter Jr. is naturally right-handed but is a left-handed golfer. He won two times on the PGA Tour, and this includes the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He also is a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour. He dominates most minor league golfing tours, having won more than 15 times on the NGA Hooters Tour. His PGA Tour winnings placed him in the elite group of left-handed golfers.
- Sam Adams played golf in college and turned professional in 1969. He recorded his only win in PGA Tour during the 1973 Quad Cities Open. He was the first left-handed American golfer to win in the PGA Tour. He had some other top-10 finishes which included T-2 finish in the 1972 Canadian Open. His best finish was a T-23 in a major championship during the 1977 U.S. Open.
- Nick O’Hern is an Australian professional golfer. Even though he has never won any PGA Tour, he has five other wins including the 2006 Australian PGA Championship where he gained the Order of Merit as the leading money winner. He was featured in the top 20 Official World Golf Rankings and the only player who has beaten Tiger Woods more than once.
Indeed, these natural left-handers know how to swing their golf clubs to their advantage.
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