August 13 is the one day a year where being left-handed is celebrated. As a southpaw myself, I tend to celebrate this holiday much like right-handers celebrate all the other days, getting any and all golf clubs they want, never having to use awkward scissors and never having ink covering the bottom of their palm.
We figured it would be a good time to look back on some of the best golf shots ever hit from the wrong side of the ball. We tried to find some YouTube worthy clips so you could watch the greatness of the lefty, so while Bob Charles was the first lefty to ever win a major, none of his shots will be making the list (even his 11 one-putts he had in the first leg of the 36 hole playoff he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes).
So, here is our list. Let us know what you think, and for all the lefty readers out there, this post is for you!
5.) Mike Weir's 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at the 2007 Presidents Cup — The Cup wasn't really in question back in '07, with the United States well up on the International squad playing at Royal Montreal in Canada, but it was the singles match between Mike Weir and Tiger Woods that had a whole country on the edge of their seat.
Weir, who won the Masters in 2003, drew Woods in singles and was 1-down heading to the 17th when he rolled in this 10-foot birdie putt to square the match, rocking his entire country when the putt dropped.
Woods would go on to pull his tee shot on the 18th hole in a hazard, giving the full point to Weir with a win on the 18th hole, a moment Weir said, "may be even more special than winning the Masters."
4.) Bubba Watson's 283-yard albatross at the 2011 Chevron World Challenge — There are plenty of fun Bubba shots over the years that could make this list, but we figured we'd start it off with one of the craziest double-eagles you'll ever see. Watson had 283 yards in on the par-5 16th at Sherwood Country Club, and cashed his four-wood for the albatross, not something most would think was possible from that distance.
3.) Phil Mickelson's second shot on the 13th hole at the 2010 Masters — 209 yards out, a two-shot lead on Sunday at the Masters, and your drive finds the pine straw on the famous 13th hole. Most people would lay up, but Phil pulled 6-iron, hit a high draw out of the questionable lie, and saw his ball land just on the front of the green, a golf shot that only a couple of humans on this planet would even try, much less pull off.
2.) Bubba Watson's wedge on the second playoff to win the 2012 Masters — Not many golfers to ever play the game have the creativity of Bubba, and it showed when the pressure was on at the 2012 Masters. In a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen, Watson missed the fairway on the 10th hole only to hook his wedge around all sorts of trouble, landing it in the middle of the green and two-putting for the par and a first green jacket.
1.) Phil Mickelson's birdie putt to win the 2004 Masters — There are few golf moments where you remember where you were when they happened, but the birdie putt that just caught the lip on the 18th hole at Augusta National in 2004 sticks in your mind.
I was at a lake house in East Texas watching it with 20 or so family members huddled around a guest room television when Mickelson won his first major, knocking in that putt to beat Ernie Els by a single shot. The putt just caught the lip and the Mickelson jump is still one of the most iconic images ever on the 18th green at Augusta National.
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