10 of the Best Female Golfers of All Time
Golf is quite a popular sport all around the world. However, up until recently, it was considered to be a predominantly male sport. But if you take just a brief walk down the history lane, you’ll actually get a chance to learn about numerous female golfers.
Nowadays, there are opportunities for women to become members of indoor golf clubs, and get in the game by taking lessons for a start.
These ladies were not simply enjoying this fun game. Instead, they were really good at it. So, with that in mind, here are 10 of the best female golfers of all time.
Born in 1911, Babe Zaharias turned to golf in 1935. Not only did she fall in love with the game almost instantly, but she actually won 10 Majors. Aside from those, she also landed 48 tour wins.
Patty Berg, born in 1918, is believed to be the one who helped revolutionize women’s golf. Aside from being the founder of LPGA Tour, she is also the female golfer with the largest number of Majors won – 15 to be exact. On top of that, she has also scored 63 tour wins in her career.
Born in 1923, Louise Suggs is well-known for helping fund the Ladies PGA Tour. During the ‘50s, she only once finished outside of the top-3 for season-ending money lists. With 11 Majors and 61 tour wins, she definitely deserves her spot among the best female golfers of all time.
Betsy Rawls, born in 1928 dominated the female golf scene in the 1950s. As a matter of fact, she won 6 out of her 8 Majors during this decade. On top of that, in 1952 she landed 8 tour wins and 10 tour wins in 1959, out of her 58 tour wins in total.
Born in 1935, Mickey Wright was not only a beautiful lady, but a talented one as well. According to Ben Hogan, she had one of the best swings he has ever seen. But these were not just empty words of an admirer. No. Mickey proved her talent by winning tours 90 times, 13 of which were Majors. Undoubtedly beautiful, Wright proved to everyone that she was more than just a pretty face.
Kathy Whitworth, born in 1939, became the first American captain for the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990. She was an extremely talented golfer, managing to score a win as many as 88 times on the LPGA Tour. With 98 tour wins and 6 Majors in total, Kathy undeniably earned her place as the first American captain for the inaugural Solheim Cup. Even though extremely successful throughout her career, her best years were the 1960s and ‘70s.
Also born in 1939, JoAnne Carner is a two-time winner of the US Women’s Open. On top of that, she boasts 49 wins as a professional. However, the numbers could have easily been significantly higher, as JoAnne came second 10 times just in Majors, which is also quite admirable and noteworthy.
Sandra Haynie, born in 1943 in Texas ranks 9th all time for total LPGA wins. On top of that, it’s certainly worth mentioning that Haynie won both the LPGA championship and the U.S. Women’s Open in the same season. With amazing 44 tour wins and 4 Majors, this lady is quite a serious opponent.
Born in 1957, Nancy Lopez became a member of LPGA Tour in 1977. With 52 tour wins and 3 Majors, Lopez is considered to be one of the greatest female golfers of all time. During the 1970s and into the 1980s, Lopez was even recognized as the best player in the world.
Last but certainly not least, Annika Sorenstam, born in 1970, is the first European female golfer to really make a name for herself. With staggering 93 tour wins, 10 of which were Majors, this lady really has a lot to boast about. On top of that, Annika was the first player, since Babe Zaharias, to partake in a men’s PGA Tour event. What’s even cooler – and probably the most noteworthy fact about Sorenstam is that she’s the only-ever female player that managed to shoot 59. Quite impressive, you must admit!
As you can see, there are quite a few female golf players that managed to land huge success and really make a name for themselves in this sport. So, the next time you hear someone referring to golf as a male sport, do make sure you broaden their views by informing them of just some of these amazingly talented ladies. Hence, encourage your daughters, female friends, and wives to at least try indoor golf or online learning.