That’s the answer to how many left-handed golfers have won any of the four majors.
More precisely, it’s four. And you know three of them, most likely.
That’s because three of the four did it post-2003.
But the first left-handed golfer to win a major was New Zealander Sir Bob Charles. He won the Open Championship in 1963.
Forty years later (2003), Mike Weir won The Masters.
In 2004, Weir handed the Green Jacket to another lefty, Phil Mickelson – who went on to win four more majors (all together: three Masters, one PGA and one Open)
Which brings us to Bubba. Watson’s got two Green Jackets now, taking the 2014 Masters.
That’s it: four lefties and nine major wins.
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|1.||1963||Bob Charles||Open Championship|
|2.||2003||Mike Weir||The Masters|
|3.||2004||Phil Mickelson||The Masters|
|4.||2005||Phil Mickelson||PGA Championship|
|5.||2006||Phil Mickelson||The Masters|
|6.||2010||Phil Mickelson||The Masters|
|7.||2012||Bubba Watson||The Masters|
|8.||2013||Phil Mickelson||Open Championship|
|9.||2014||Bubba Watson||The Masters|
And the flip side?
Jack. 1986. 46-years old. One of the greatest moments in American sports history. Take a look:
Only five other players won the Masters over the age of 40. Check out today’s second list – the 10 oldest to win the Masters. Jimmy Demaret (May 24) and Sam Snead (May 27) were exactly the same age when both won theirs at the age of 39. It so happens that the 1950 Masters was held on April 3rd and the 1952 Masters on April 6th.
Nicklaus and Gary Player make both lists. Will Tiger?Follow @VinGetz
10 Youngest Masters Winners
|2.||Seve Ballesteros||1980||23||0 mos.||-13||Spain|
|3.||Jack Nicklaus||1963||23||2 mos.||-2||USA|
|4.||Byron Nelson||1937||25||2 mos.||-5||USA|
|5.||Jack Nicklaus||1965||25||2 mos.||-17||USA|
|6.||Tiger Woods||2001||25||3 mos.||-16||USA|
|7.||Gary Player||1961||25||5 mos.||-8||South Africa|
|8.||Horton Smith||1934||25||10 mos.||-4||USA|
|9.||Seve Ballesteros||1983||26||0 mos.||-8||Spain|
|10.||Jack Nicklaus (Playoff)||1966||26||2 mos.||E (-2)||USA|
10 Oldest Masters Winners
|3.||Gary Player||1978||42||-11||South Africa|
|4.||Sam Snead (Playoff)||1954||41||10 mos.||1 (-2)||USA|
|5.||Mark O’Meara||1998||41||2 mos.||-9||USA|
|7.||Jimmy Demaret||1950||39||10 mos.||-5||USA|
|7.||Sam Snead||1952||39||10 mos.||-2||USA|
|9.||Phil Mickelson||2010||39||10 mos.||-16||USA|
|10.||Ángel Cabrera (Playoff)||2009||39||7 mos.||-12 (E)||Argentina|
Photo: Getty via golf.com
Here’s a list a bit different than the 10 best scores in Masters history, but the dude at the top is still the same. Tiger Woods‘ blowout of the field in 1997 – with the best Masters score of all time at -18 – saw him win by 12 shots, the only double-digit margin of victory at Augusta.
In general, though, The Masters is not home to many beatdowns by any stretch. In its 76 years as a golf major (not including 2014), only 13 times has the winner taken the Green Jacket by a margin of four or more.
In fact, the last time someone won by more than four was 17 years ago – yup, Woods in ’97 again.
One of the many reasons every true golfer and golf fan loves the Masters: competition at the top straight into Sunday.
Seve Ballesteros appears twice. How nice.Follow @VinGetz
|MARGIN OF VICTORY||MASTERS WINNER||YEAR||TO PAR||RUNNER(S)-UP|
|1.||12||Tiger Woods||1997||-18||Tom Kite|
|2.||9||Jack Nicklaus||1965||-17||Arnold Palmer, Gary Player|
|3.||8||Raymond Floyd||1976||-17||Ben Crenshaw|
|4.||7||Cary Middlecoff||1955||-9||Ben Hogan|
|5.||6||Arnold Palmer||1964||-12||Jack Nicklaus, Dave Marr|
|6.||5||Claude Harmon||1948||-9||Cary Middlecoff|
|6.||5||Ben Hogan||1953||-14||Ed Oliver|
|6.||5||Nick Faldo||1996||-12||Greg Norman|
|9.||4||Jimmy Demaret||1940||-8||Lloyd Mangrum|
|9.||4||Sam Snead||1952||-2||Jack Burke, Jr.|
|9.||4||Seve Ballesteros||1980||-13||Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton|
|9.||4||Seve Ballesteros||1983||-8||Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite|
|9.||4||Bernhard Langer||1993||-11||Chip Beck|