Full name Mary Kathryn Wright
February 14, 1935
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Turned professional 1954
LPGA Tour (joined 1955)
Professional wins 90
Number of wins by tour
2nd all time)
Best results in LPGA major championships
Won: 1962, 1963, 1966
Won: 1961, 1962
ANA Inspiration T66: 1984
Won: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963
U.S. Women's Open
Won: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1964
( member page)
Money Winner 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
LPGA Vare Trophy 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Female Athlete of the Year 1963, 1964
Bob Jones Award 2010
Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright (born February 14, 1935) is an American former LPGA Tour professional golfer. She became a member of the tour in 1955 and won thirteen major championships and 82 LPGA Tour career events. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Early life [ edit ]
Wright was born in
San Diego, California, where she attended Herbert Hoover High School. Her first important title was the 1952 U.S. Girls' Junior. She attended Stanford University and played for its golf team, but left before graduation. She lost in the final of the 1954 [1 ] U.S. Women's Amateur, won the 1954 World Amateur Championship, and turned professional later in 1954.
Joins LPGA Tour [ edit ]
Wright joined the
LPGA Tour in 1955. She won 82 events on the LPGA Tour, which puts her second on the all-time win list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88 times. Thirteen of her victories were in major championships, which places her second to Patty Berg, who won fifteen majors. Wright topped the LPGA money list for four consecutive seasons from 1961–1964 and made the top ten on the list thirteen times in total between 1956 and 1969. Wright won at least one LPGA title for 14 straight seasons, from 1956 to 1969.
At the inaugural
Tall City Open in 1964, Wright shot a 62 in the third and final round. It was the lowest score in LPGA Tour history at that time, at a course (Hogan Park in [2 ] Midland, Texas) on which the men's record, at the time, was 66. Wright's Tall City Open win is also tied for the largest final round comeback (10 shots) in LPGA history. [3 ] [4 ]
Wright was coached by
Harvey Penick. Ben Hogan said Wright's swing was the best he had ever seen. [5 ]
She retired from full-time golf at age 34 in 1969, because of problems with her feet, but did compete occasionally after that. She won 13 majors between 1958 and 1966, and she is the only player in LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time. She now lives in
Port St. Lucie, Florida, and plays recreational golf occasionally. She is a breast cancer survivor. [6 ]
In 2000, Wright was ranked as the ninth greatest golfer of all time, and the top woman golfer, by
magazine. Golf Digest In a major 2009 survey of experts, published by [7 ] , Wright was chosen the eighth best player of all time, and the top woman player of all time. Golf Magazine [8 ]
Notable amateur wins [ edit ]
Professional wins (90) [ edit ]
LPGA Tour (82) [ edit ]
1956 (1) Jacksonville Open
1957 (3) Sea Island Open, Jacksonville Open, Wolverine Open
1958 (5) Sea Island Open, , LPGA Championship , U.S. Women's Open Opie Turner Open, Dallas Open
1959 (4) Jacksonville Open, Cavalier Open, , U.S. Women's Open Alliance Machine International Open
1960 (6) Sea Island Open, Tampa Open, , LPGA Championship Grossinger Open, Eastern Open, Memphis Open
1961 (10) St. Petersburg Open, Miami Open, , Titleholders Championship Columbus Open, , U.S. Women's Open Waterloo Open, Spokane Women's Open, Sacramento Valley Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship
1962 (10) Sea Island Women's Invitational, , Titleholders Championship , Women's Western Open Milwaukee Open, Heart of America Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Salt Lake City Open, Spokane Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, Carlsbad Cavern Open
1963 (13) Sea Island Women's Invitational, St. Petersburg Women's Open, Alpine Civitan Open, Muskogee Civitan Open, Dallas Civitan Open, Babe Zaharias Open, , Women's Western Open Waterloo Women's Open Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Idaho Centennial Ladies' Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship
1964 (11) Peach Blossom Invitational, Clifford Ann Creed Invitational, Squirt Ladies' Open Invitational, Muskogee Civitan Open, Lady Carling Eastern Open, Waldemar Open, , U.S. Women's Open Milwaukee Jaycee Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Tall City Open, Mary Mills Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational
1965 (2) Baton Rouge Invitational, Dallas Civitan Open
1966 (7) Venice Ladies Open, Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational, Bluegrass Ladies Invitational, , Women's Western Open Pacific Ladies' Classic, Shirley Englehorn Invitational, Mickey Wright Invitational
1967 (4) Shreveport Kiwanis Club Invitational, Bluegrass Invitational, Lady Carling Open (Maryland), Pensacola Ladies Invitational
1968 (4) Port Malabar Invitational, Palm Beach County Open, Tall City Open, 500 Ladies Classic
1969 (1) Bluegrass Invitational
1973 (1) Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle
Note: Wright won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.
majors are shown in bold.
Other wins (8) [ edit ]
Major championships [ edit ]
Wins (13) [ edit ]
1 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 69, Jessen 72.
2 Wright won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
3 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 70, Jessen 72.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Hall of Fame – San Diego Hall of Champions". Sdhoc.com . Retrieved February 12, 2012.
^ "Mickey Wright Fires 9-Under-Par 62". (Eugene, Oregon). Associated Press. November 4, 1964. p. 2B Eugene Register-Guard . Retrieved June 1, 2012.
^ Brown, Gwilym S. (November 23, 1964). "When Mickey Wright Did Nothing Wrong". Sports Illustrated . Retrieved June 30, 2013.
^ "Biggest Come From Behind Win on LPGA Tour - Largest Final-Round Comeback". Golf.about.com. February 6, 2012 . Retrieved February 12, 2012.
^ "Mickey Wright - Biography of Golfer Mickey Wright". Golf.about.com . Retrieved February 12, 2012.
^ "Mickey Wright undergoes breast cancer surgery". PGA Tour. October 27, 2006. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006 . Retrieved February 12, 2012.
^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us". Golf Digest . Retrieved December 5, 2007.
^ . September 2009. Golf Digest
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