Who are the Most Famous Female Golfers
By Bradley Turner Keiser University College of Golf Director of Online Golf Instruction – MBA, PGA
Women’s golf has provided some of the most exciting athletes in the game.
These women have excelled at every level and capture the hearts of golf fans with their talent and grit.
Here are five of the top female golfers of all time:
They called her, “Miss Sluggs.” Louise Suggs brought home an amazing 58 tour wins and 11 major victories.
As if that wasn’t enough, she also snagged victories at the British and United States amateur championships.
Still alive today at 91 years old, her wins mostly came in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.
Babes Zaharias is a towering figure in the annals of women’s golf.
While Louise Suggs and pros of the era played against other women, Babe Zaharias was also competing against men. For example, she made the cut in three of four men’s PGA tour tournaments she entered in 1945.
One female competitor said that Babe Zaharias was so good, when you came in second it still felt like a victory.
She was golf’s first female celebrity — the toast of the tour for most of her career.
With her trademark pause at the top of her swing, and an indelible loop as it came down, Nancy Lopez was one of the most identifiable champions on the women’s tour for many years.
She captured 48 victories, and had the most wins in one year during her active tournament play.
She notched three major wins in an illustrious career that influenced a generation of women to take up the game.
Born in 1935, Mickey Wright joined the LPGA 20 years later.
After that, she captured 13 major championships and 82 tournament victories.
The only other golfer to notch more wins is Kathy Whitworth, who has the record with 88 victories.
Similarly, Ms. Wright comes in second in major championship wins, finishing behind Patty Berg with 15.
For many years, she held the lowest score ever shot in an LPGA tour round, shooting 62 in 1964. She is now a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Born in Sweden in 1970, Annika Sorenstam stormed the LPGA with a stunning string of victories, finishing with 90 international wins, the most of any female golfer in history.
She captured 72 LPGA tournaments, 10 majors and 18 international matches, racking up more than $22 million in career earnings.
A good athlete as a child, she took up golf at 12, sharing one set of clubs with her sister.
She grew up shy, sometimes three-putting to avoid giving a victory speech. She retired in 2008, and made the transition to businesswoman and entrepreneur.
Clearly, women’s golf has had many colorful competitors.
These female golfers were all determined, gifted, and passionate about the game.
The future looks bright as young, talented women seek to emulate their heroes, break records and set the bar ever higher for future generations.