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Top 6 Best Womens Golf Players Of All Time

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Who are the top 6 best women's golf players of all time?

  1. Annika Sorenstam
  2. Mickey Wright
  3. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  4. Kathy Whitworth
  5. Nancy Lopez
  6. JoAnne Carner

1. Annika Sorenstam

Career Stats:

  • 10 Majors won
  • 73 total LPGA victories
  • 8 Player of the Year Awards
  • Only female golfer to shoot a 59
  • First women to play with men in the PGA Tour's Colonial Tournament since 1945

Annika Sorenstam has been widely called the greatest female golf player of all time. She has similar numbers to other greats on this list such as Wright and Whitworth, but accomplished these stats while in the deepest competitive field of LPGA women's golf. Sorenstam was born on October 9th, 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden. In her youth Sorenstam played tennis, but switched to golf because she preferred playing on her own, as opposed to having a partner in tennis. She started her path to stardom when she qualified for Sweden's national team, from there she offered a scholarship to the University of Arizona. In just her freshmen season she won the NCAA golf championship and was named collegiate player of the year. She joined the LPGA tour in 1994 and was dominant in the league until the early 2000s. Sorenstam would go on to win eight Player of the Year awards for the LPGA Tour and was the first women to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. In 2003, after her impressive career in golf was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and for the LPGA was the first international player to be inducted.

2. Mickey Wright

Career Stats:

  • 13 Majors won (in an 8 year period)
  • 82 total LPGA victories
  • Double digit wins in four seasons
  • Only LPGA player hold all four major titles at once

Mickey Wright has earned herself a spot in the top women's golfers due to her dominance in the sport from halfway through the 1950s until the end of the 1960s. Men's golf profesional Ben Hogan and many others consider her swing to be one of the best in the sport of all time. Wright was born on February 14, 1935 in San Diego, California. In 1955 Wright joined the LPGA tour due to her great play in her youth, winning the 1952 U.S. Girls Junior Championship. From the years of 1958-1966 Wright was in the prime of her career and she won her 13 Majors titles in this period. In 1962, Wright completed LPGA Career Grand Slam (Western Open, LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, & Titleholders Championship), and set a record for the youngest player to reach 30 wins on the LPGA tour (26 years, 11 months, 7 days old). Wright was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976.

3. Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Career Stats:

  • 10 Majors won (including 3 U.S. Women's Open titles)
  • 41 LPGA victories
  • Holds the record for reaching LPGA 10 wins in the shortest amount of time (one year, twenty days)
  • Won two gold medals at the 1932 Olympic Games for Track & Field
  • All-American basketball player in the Amateur Athletic Union for 3 straight years

Born on June 26, 1911 as Mildred Didrikson Zaharias she earned the nickname of "Babe" in her childhood when she once hit five home runs in a single game. Not only was Zaharias a great golfer, but an exceptional athlete in general. Prior to her golf playing days she was an Olympic athlete in the sport of track in field. In the 1932 Olympic games she won two gold medals. She did not become dominant in the sport of golf until the 1940s and 1950s. She would go on to be the winner seventeen straight tournaments in the years of 1946-47. She won the U.S. Women's Open three times in the years 1948, 1950, and 1954. Zaharias was named female athlete of the 20th century by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated. However Zaharias battled with cancer in the later part of her career and ultimately took her life in 1956. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the year 1974. Babe will be remembered not just as one the best female golfers of all time, but one of the best female athletes of all time.

4. Kathy Whitworth

Career Stats:

  • 6 Majors won
  • 88 LPGA Victories
  • First LPLA player to earn over $1 million
  • Won the St. Petersburg Open 5 times
  • 7-time Player of the Year

Kathy Whitworth is most known for having the most wins in LPGA history, and not even Sam Snead's 82 wins in the PGA can match her in wins. The prime of her career lasted from the 1960s until the early 1980s. Whitworth was born on September 27th, 1939 in Texas. She began playing golf at the age of 15, and turned pro by the year 1958. It took her four years to win her first tournament, but after that her career exploded. She won at least one tournament every year from 1962 through 1978, including 8 in 1966 and 10 wins in 1968.She was named the LPGA Player of the Year a total of 7 times, led the league in money earned for 8 years, and was the LPGA scoring leader 8 times as well. Whitworth was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1962.

5. Nancy Lopez

Career Stats:

  • 3 Majors Won
  • 48 LPGA Victories
  • 3-time LPGA low scoring average winner
  • Captain U.S. team, 2005 Solheim Cup
  • Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame

Nancy Lopez was a very popular women's golf player in the late 1970s and 1980s. In just her rookie season she was incredible winning nine times including a major, being named LPGA Rookie and Player of the Year, as well as won the low scoring average. She is the only woman to ever achieve this feat. Born on January 6th, 1957 in Torrance, California Lopez then moved to New Mexico where she grew up. Her stardom started at a young age when at 12, she won the New Mexico Women's Amatuer. She would then go on to win the U.S. Junior Girls Championship in both 1972 and 1974. Her career was interrupted by the births of her three children, but Lopez each time was able to return and be effective on the golf course afterwards. During her era, Lopez was one of the greats and will be remembered that way after being inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987.

6. JoAnne Carner

Career Stats:

  • 43 Total LPGA Victories
  • 2-time U.S. Women's Open Champion
  • Captain of U.S. team for 1994 Solheim Cup
  • 3-time Player of the Year
  • 3-time LPGA Tour money leader

JoAnne Carner was an icon for womens golf in the 1970s and 1980s, winning 43 total times on the LPGA tour. She was known as "Big Mama" on the tour and is the only women to have won USGA Girls Junior Amateur, U.S. Women's Amateur, and U.S. Women's open titles. Carner was born on April 4, 1949 in Kirkland, Washington. Her pro career did not start until she was 30, and was still able to post incredible statistics. She was named LPGA PLayer of the Year three times throughout her career in 1974, 1982, and 1983. For those same three years she also was the LPGA tour money leader. Carner had a long career and holds the record for the oldest to make the cut for the LPGA tour (64 years, 26 days) at the 2004 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. She was inducted into the Golf World Hall of Fame in 1985.


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