|— Golfer —|
Alfredsson at the 2009 Women's British Open
|Full name||Helen Christine Alfredsson|
9 April 1965 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||Kent Nilsson (since 2005)|
|College||U.S. International University
|Current tour(s)||LET (1989–2013)
LPGA Tour (1992–2013)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||11|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||3|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||Won: 1993|
|LPGA Championship||T5: 1992|
|U.S. Women's Open||2nd/T2: 1993, 2008|
|du Maurier Classic||T8: 1993|
|Women's British Open||T40: 2002|
|The Evian Championship||CUT: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
Rookie of the Year
|Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Professional wins (23)
- 5 Major championships
- 6 Team appearances
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Alfredsson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. She represented Sweden in European Junior and Senior Team championships. She was a member of the Swedish team in the Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Team Championship in 1986 and 1988 and is a six-time Swedish national champion winning from 1981 through 1984, in 1986 and 1988.
She attended United States International University, graduating in 1988 with a degree in International Business and then tried a career in Paris as a model. During 1986-1988 she played five times on the Swedish Telia Tour, winning at least once a year. She turned professional on 1 January 1989.
Alfredsson began her professional career on the Ladies European Tour where she was rookie of the year in 1989. The next year, in 1990, she claimed her maiden professional win at the Women's British Open. She won twice on the LET in 1991 and won once each on the ALPG and Japanese tours. She earned exempt status for the 1992 LPGA Tour season by tying for 17th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
She earned Rookie of the Year honors on the LPGA Tour in 1992 and has won seven LPGA Tour events, including one LPGA major: the 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore. A little over three months after her Dinah Shore victory, Alfredsson nearly won the U.S. Women's Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Alfredsson finished tied for 2nd, one shot behind winner Lauri Merten.
Alfredsson has continued to play a limited number of events in Europe, where she has won eleven events. She finished at the top of the European money list in 1998. She has been a member of the European team in the Solheim Cup 8 times: in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2009. She was captain of the European Solheim Cup team in the 2007 Solheim Cup, in which Europe lost to the USA 12-16.
While playing golf, Alfredsson has been known to curse long and loud in Swedish. The Financial Times of London once editorialized, "They can be louder and more richly worded than many of Lenny Bruce's best performances." Alfredsson said about cursing "You have to stay so focused on the tour," she said. "You work so hard, you don't want anything to interfere. But then all of a sudden this little devil comes crawling out, saying, 'It's time to do something. You've been good too long.'"
In September 2013, Alfredsson officially announced her retirement.
Professional wins (23)
LPGA Tour wins (7)
|LPGA Tour major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (6)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||28 Mar 1993||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−4 (69-71-72-72=284)||2 strokes|| Tina Barrett, Amy Benz,
|2||31 Jul 1994||PING/Welch's Championship||−14 (70-68-70-66=274)||4 strokes||Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster|
|3||25 Jan 1998||The Office Depot||−11 (68-71-67-71=277)||2 strokes||Liselotte Neumann|
|4||15 Mar 1998||Welch's/Circle K Championship||−14 (68-64-70-72=274)||1 stroke||Dana Dormann, Liselotte Neumann|
|5||5 Oct 2003||Longs Drugs Challenge||−13 (72-69-64-70=275)||1 stroke|| Pat Hurst, Jung Yeon Lee,
Se Ri Pak, Grace Park,
|6||27 Jul 2008||Evian Masters^||−15 (71-63-71-67=273)||Playoff||Angela Park, Na Yeon Choi|
|7||26 Oct 2008||Grand China Air LPGA||−12 (70-69-65=204)||3 strokes||Yani Tseng|
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–3)
|1||1992||Mazda Japan Classic||Betsy King||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
|2||1997||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf||Juli Inkster, Kelly Robbins||Inkster won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2008||Evian Masters||Angela Park, Na Yeon Choi||Won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on first hole
|4||2008||Safeway Classic||Sophie Gustafson, Cristie Kerr||Kerr won with birdie on first extra hole|
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Ladies European Tour wins (11)
- 1990 Women's British Open
- 1991 Hennessy Ladies Cup, Trophee Coconut Skol,
- 1992 Hennessy Ladies Cup, IBM Ladies Open
- 1994 Evian Masters
- 1996 Hennessy Cup
- 1997 WPGA Championship of Europe
- 1998 Evian Masters
- 2001 WPGA Championship of Europe
- 2008 Evian Masters^
Note: The Women's British Open was not co-sanctioned by the LPGA until 1994, and did not become an LPGA major until 2001.
^The Evian Masters has been co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour since 2000.
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (3)
- 1991 Ellair Open
- 1992 Itoki Classic
- 1997 Itoen Tournament
ALPG Tour wins (1)
- 1991 Queensland Open
Other wins (2)
- 1991 Benson & Hedges Trophy (with Anders Forsbrand)
- 1992 Sunrise Cup World Team Championship (with Liselotte Neumann)
|1993||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−4 (69-71-72-72=284)||2 strokes||Tina Barrett, Amy Benz, Betsy King|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T49||DNP||1||T48||CUT||T48||T54||T3||T10||T57|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T13||T2||T9||T40||CUT||T48||T13||T12||CUT|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP||T28||T8||T31||T9||CUT||T14||T34||CUT||T40|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T46||T45||T64||T40||T35||T8||T37||T21||T12|
|U.S. Women's Open||T26||DNP||DQ||CUT||T23||CUT||DNP||2||WD|
|Women's British Open ^||T64||T40||T61||T60||T42||CUT||CUT||T56||CUT|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||CUT||DNP||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Women's British Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^^||CUT|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DQ = disqualified
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||1||0||1||2||4||6||20||17|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||2||0||2||3||7||19||10|
|du Maurier Classic||0||0||0||0||2||3||9||7|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||6|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1997 Kraft Nabisco Championship – 1999 Kraft Nabisco Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1993 U.S. Open – 1993 du Maurier Classic)
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Sweden): 1986, 1988
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 1990, 1992 (winners), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 (winners), 2002, 2009
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 2007
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2008 (winners)
- Handa Cup (representing World team): 2012 (tie), 2013 (winners)
- "Notable Past Players". IGF. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Helen Alfredsson Player Profile". LET. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Helen Alfredsson Full Career Bio". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Dialogue: Helen Alfredsson". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on 2001-10-04. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "1986 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "1987 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "1988 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- Charge lifts Merten to U.S. Open victory
- Tantrums on tour
- Positively Pessimistic
- Alfredssons karriär är över (Alfredsson retires) (Swedish)
- Helen Alfredsson at the Ladies European Tour official site
- Helen Alfredsson at the LPGA Tour official site
- Helen Alfredsson at the Legends Tour official site