When Bubba Watson finished his final round of the 2014 Masters on Sunday, holding off Masters rookies Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt, he claimed his second green jacket and the sixth green jacket for left-handed golfers in the past 12 years. In 2003, Mike Weir became the first to claim the prize, and since then Phil Mickelson has claimed two Masters victories, along with Watson’s two winners.
Can it just be a fluke that the best golfers that weekend just happened to be left-handed? Possibly. Though, since two of these men won multiple times, it would make more sense that Augusta National is just set up better for a left-handed player. Forcing golfers into hitting more draw shots on the back nine than most courses, left-handed golfers can spin the ball more accurately in that direction, or so it seems.
Another point that seems to have been made is how a golfer holds his club. More specifically, showing that a player’s leading hand should be the stronger hand. For example, both Mickelson and Weir are right-handed in everything else they do except golf. Watson however, doesn’t fit this mold. That said, if there is one thing to be learned about Bubba, it’s that he doesn’t quite fit any mold but his own. The player that has never taken a golf lesson in his life, launching massive drives with his signature pink driver and playing his own brand of golf — Bubba Golf as its called.
In the years going forward, there may an explanation as to why left-handed players continue winning at Augusta, though a far more likely outcome is that it will simply become just another of the many legends of Augusta National.