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The Tour Report

May 2 2011

3:31 PM

Lefties make history on Sunday

When Bubba Watson and Ted Potter Jr. won tournaments in New Orleans and Valdosta, Ga., on Sunday it marked the first time lefthanders had won on the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour in the same weekend.

Watson won for the third time in 10 months when he beat Webb Simpson in a playoff at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Potter’s victory at the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank & Trust Co. was the first of his career.

Potter was the fifth different lefthander to win on the Nationwide Tour.  The others are Greg Chalmers (2008 Henrico County Open, 2005 Albertsons Boise Open), Eric Axley (2005 Rex Hospital Open), Steve Flesch (1997 Nationwide Tour Championship) and Vic Wilk (1994 Knoxville Open).

Nine lefties have won on the PGA TOUR – headed by Phil Mickelson’s 39 victories.Mike Weir has eight wins, Bob Charles six, Flesch four, Watson three and Sam Adams, Ernie Gonzales, Russ Cochran and Axley one each.

Both Watson and Potter have a chance to make it two-in-a-row this week. Watson is playing in the Wells Fargo Championship while Potter tees it up at the Stadion Classic at UGA.