Helen Alfredsson

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Helen Alfredsson
Helen Alfredsson in Jan 2014.jpg
Alfredsson 2014.
Personal information
Full name Helen Christine Alfredsson
Nickname Alfie
Born (1965-04-09) 9 April 1965 (age 52)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality  Sweden
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Spouse Kent Nilsson (since 2005)
Career
College U.S. International University
(graduated 1988)
Turned professional 1989
Retired 2013
Current tour(s) LET (1989–2013)
LPGA Tour (1992–2013)
Professional wins 23
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 7
Ladies European Tour 11
LPGA of Japan Tour 3
ALPG Tour 1
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration Won: 1993
Women's PGA C'ship T5: 1992
U.S. Women's Open 2nd/T2: 1993, 2008
du Maurier Classic T8: 1993
Women's British Open T40: 2002
Evian Championship CUT: 2013
Achievements and awards
Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
1989
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1992
Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
1998

Helen Christine Alfredsson (born 9 April 1965) is a Swedish retired professional golfer who played primarily on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is also a life member of the Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

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[1] and is a six-time Swedish national champion winning from 1981 through 1984, in 1986 and 1988.[2]

She attended United States International University, graduating in 1988 with a degree in International Business[3] and then tried a career in Paris as a model.[4] During 1986-1988 she played five times on the Swedish Telia Tour, winning at least once a year.[5][6][7] She turned professional on 1 January 1989.[2]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2] She earned exempt status for the 1992 LPGA Tour season by tying for 17th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.[3]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.'"[10]

In September 2013, Alfredsson officially announced her retirement.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Alfredsson is married to former National Hockey League player Kent Nilsson and is stepmother of his son, hockey player Robert Nilsson.

Professional wins (23)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (7)[edit]

Legend
LPGA Tour major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 28 Mar 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore −4 (69-71-72-72=284) 2 strokes United States Tina Barrett
United States Amy Benz
United States Betsy King
2 31 Jul 1994 PING/Welch's Championship −14 (70-68-70-66=274) 4 strokes United States Pat Bradley
United States Juli Inkster
3 25 Jan 1998 The Office Depot −11 (68-71-67-71=277) 2 strokes Sweden Liselotte Neumann
4 15 Mar 1998 Welch's/Circle K Championship −14 (68-64-70-72=274) 1 stroke United States Dana Dormann
Sweden Liselotte Neumann
5 5 Oct 2003 Longs Drugs Challenge −13 (72-69-64-70=275) 1 stroke United States Pat Hurst
South Korea Jung Yeon Lee
South Korea Se Ri Pak
South Korea Grace Park
Australia Rachel Teske
6 27 Jul 2008 Evian Masters^ −15 (71-63-71-67=273) Playoff South Korea Na Yeon Choi
United StatesBrazil Angela Park
7 26 Oct 2008 Grand China Air LPGA −12 (70-69-65=204) 3 strokes Taiwan Yani Tseng

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1992 Mazda Japan Classic United States Betsy King Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
2 1997 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf United States Juli Inkster
United States Kelly Robbins
Inkster won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2008 Evian Masters South Korea Na Yeon Choi
United StatesBrazil Angela Park
Won with birdie on third extra hole
Park eliminated with birdie on first hole
4 2008 Safeway Classic Sweden Sophie Gustafson
United States Cristie Kerr
Kerr won with birdie on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (11)[edit]

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)[edit]

  • 1991 Ellair Open
  • 1992 Itoki Classic
  • 1997 Itoen Tournament

ALPG Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 1991 Queensland Open

Other wins (2)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore −4 (69-71-72-72=284) 2 strokes United States Tina Barrett, United States Amy Benz, United States Betsy King

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T49 DNP 1 T48 CUT T48 T54 T3 T10 T57
LPGA Championship DNP T5 CUT T35 T38 CUT T67 T51 CUT CUT
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
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship T46 T45 T64 T40 T35 T8 T37 T21 T12
LPGA Championship 9 CUT CUT T61 CUT CUT DNP CUT T57
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
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP CUT DNP CUT
LPGA Championship T42 DNP DNP DNP
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.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 1 0 1 2 4 6 20 17
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 2 18 9
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
Totals 1 2 1 5 11 18 78 49
  • 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)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notable Past Players". IGF. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Helen Alfredsson Player Profile". LET. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Helen Alfredsson Full Career Bio" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Dialogue: Helen Alfredsson". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on 2001-10-04. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  5. ^ "1986 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  6. ^ "1987 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  7. ^ "1988 Telia Tour Results". Golfdata. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  8. ^ Charge lifts Merten to U.S. Open victory
  9. ^ Tantrums on tour
  10. ^ Positively Pessimistic
  11. ^ Alfredssons karriär är över (Alfredsson retires) (Swedish)

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