Best left-handed golfers

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Quick 9 salutes some of the best lefties to grace our beautiful game

If you take a look at the majority of golfers, not just professionals, you’ll notice one thing, mostly they are right-handed. Take a look at the official golf rankings and you have to go down to 21st on the list to find your first lefty in Brian Harman.

It got us thinking, who are the best left-handed golfers to play the game? Quick 9 runs the rule over our favourite southpaws…

9. Nick O’Hern

Nick O'Hern

Major best: T6 (2006 US Open)
PGA Tour of Australasia victories: 2

Despite failing to record a win on the PGA Tour O’Hern still earned around $7.5 million on tour mainly thanks to 23 top 10s, four 3rd place finishes and his best PGA Tour finish, a tied 2nd place at the 2006 Booze Allen Classic.

In an ode to his native Australia, O’Hern marks his balls with a small picture of a kangaroo.

8. Eric Axley

Eric Axley

Major best: T9 (2008 US Open)
PGA Tour victories: 1

Axley won his only PGA Tour title in 2006 and by 2009 had lost his card.

He got it back in 2014 by the skin of his teeth as he finished 50th in the Finals and finished in the top 50 by around $30.

He now plays the majority of his golf on the Tour.

7. Brian Harman

Brian Harman

Major best: T2 (2017 US Open)
PGA Tour victories: 2

Harman turned professional in 2009 but didn’t win his first PGA Tour title until 2014. His second came in 2017 at the Wells Fargo Championship and Harman has had his best spell since. A tied 2nd finish at the US Open was his other highlight of 2017.

He’s also started 2018 where he left off and has finished inside the top 10 on five occasions.

6. Ted Potter Jr

Ted Potter Jr

Major best: T60 (2012 Open)
PGA Tour victories: 2

Another player that has flirted between the PGA Tour and the Tour but recently Potter won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and shot a career-low score of 62 during the third round.

His victory catapulted him from 243rd to 83rd in the world rankings.

5. Steve Flesch

Steve Flesch

Major best: T5 (2008 Masters)
PGA Tour victories: 4

Flesch was named 1998 Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour, joining the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh to win the award.

He hasn’t won on tour since 2007 and hasn’t played in a full season since 2011.

4. Mike Weir

Mike Weir

Major victories: 1
WGC victories: 1
PGA Tour victories: 6

Weir’s biggest achievement was pulling on the Green Jacket at Augusta in 20o3 as he defeated Len Mattiace in a play-off by winning with a bogey on the first play-off hole.

Weir was in the top 10 of the official golf rankings between 2002 and 2005.

3. Bob Charles

Bob Charles

Major victories: 1
PGA Tour victories: 5
European Tour victories: 4
Senior PGA Tour victories: 23
European Senior Tour victories: 1

Charles won the Open Championship in 1963 by winning a 36 hole play-off.

He went on to have an incredible senior career as he won 23 times and was also the first left-handed player inducted in to the Golf Hall of Fame.

2. Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson

Major victories: 2
WGC victories: 1
PGA Tour victories:

Gerry Lester Watson Jr, Bubba to you and me, is most famous for his unorthodox swing and pink driver.

He’s won 10 different times on the PGA Tour including two wins at The Masters, slipping into the Green Jacket in 2012 and again in 2014.

He is also a member of the infamous Golf Boys.

1. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Major victories: 5
WGC victories:
PGA Tour victories:
European Tour victories: 1

The most well-known and most successful lefty of all time. It’s even his nickname.

Mickelson is in the top 10 of all time PGA Tour wins with 42, including five major titles, and needs a US Open win to complete a Grand Slam. In 2012, he was just the second left-handed golfer inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame.

And did you know Mickelson is actually right-handed in everything except golf?

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