Bubba Watson became the just the third left-handed winner of the tournament last year. Mike Weir was the first left-handed player to win at Augusta National Golf Club in 2003, but he, Mickelson and Watson have combined to win five of the past 10.
“But conversely, 16 plays the exact opposite. It’s probably the hardest shot for me on the golf course where the average, a right-handed player can aim at the middle of the green, and if he pulls it, he’ll still carry the water and take that out of play. If he comes out of it right, a lot of times it’ll be short right and catch that swale and still come down and you have a good chance for par. Whereas, for me, short left is in the water and long right is up top. So shot dispersion does make the golf course play differently what side of the ball you stand on; however, it seems to be a very equal test. It seems to me that there are holes that favor one side, while there seem to be an equal number of holes that favor the other.”