|Full name||Judy Torluemke Rankin|
February 18, 1945 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Spouse||Walter "Yippy" Rankin (m. 1967–2012)|
|Children||Walter "Tuey" Rankin, Jr.|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour (1962–83)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|Western Open||T4: 1964|
|Titleholders C'ship||T2: 1972|
|ANA Inspiration||T44: 1983|
|Women's PGA C'ship||2nd/T2: 1976, 1977|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 1972|
|du Maurier Classic||T5: 1979|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2000 (member page)|
|LPGA Player of the Year||1976, 1977|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||1973, 1976, 1977|
Player of the Year
|LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
|LPGA Patty Berg Award||1999|
|USGA Bob Jones Award||2002|
|LPGA Komen Award||2007|
|Old Tom Morris Award||2010|
Judy Torluemke Rankin (born February 18, 1945) is an American professional golfer and golf broadcaster. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she joined the LPGA Tour in 1962 at age 17 and won 26 tour events.
Rankin is currently the lead analyst for the LPGA Tour telecasts on Golf Channel, works select PGA Tour events for the network as an on-course reporter and also serves as an expert analyst for golf coverage on ESPN/ABC.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Rankin won the Missouri Amateur at age 14 in 1959. The next year she was the low amateur at the U.S. Women's Open, and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1961 at age 16. She turned pro the following year.
Rankin's first LPGA Tour win came in 1968 and she won 26 events, topping the money list in 1976 and 1977. She finished in the top ten on the money list eleven times between 1965 and 1979, and was the first to win over $100,000 in a season on the LPGA Tour (over $150,000 in 1976).
Although Rankin did not win a major championship, she was a four-time runner-up. Her best finishes were a second at the 1976 LPGA Championship and tied seconds at the 1972 Titleholders Championship, 1972 U.S. Women's Open, and 1977 LPGA Championship. Rankin won the Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (currently the ANA Inspiration) in 1976 and the Peter Jackson Classic (later renamed the du Maurier Classic) in 1977; both events were later elevated to major status, but are not counted as majors in the years in which Rankin won. Her 26th and final win on tour was in August 1979 at Jericho, New York.
Rankin was LPGA Player of the Year twice (1976, 1977) and won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average three times. She retired from full-time competition at age 38 in 1983 due to chronic back problems, and later captained the victorious Solheim Cup teams in 1996 and 1998. Rankin became the first player voted into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 2000 under the veterans category, and she was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.
She has also been a professional advisor for the magazines Golf Digest and Golf For Women.
Rankin was known as Judy Torluemke (pronounced Tor-lum-kee), until her marriage to Walter "Yippy" Rankin in 1967. They lived in Midland, Texas, and have a son, Walter Jr., known as "Tuey," born in 1968. After a battle with throat cancer, Yippy died at age 71 on February 24, 2012. Tuey's wife is the sister-in-law of PGA Tour golfer Geoff Ogilvy.
LPGA wins (26)
|1||Nov 10, 1968||Corpus Christi Civitan Open||+3 (75-69-69=213)||Playoff||Sandra Spuzich|
|2||Jun 27, 1970||George Washington Golf Classic||−7 (74-70-68=212)||1 stroke||Sandra Haynie|
|3||Jul 19, 1970||Springfield Jaycee Open||−10 (71-70-68=209)||1 stroke||Leslie Holbert|
|4||Sep 27, 1970||Lincoln-Mercury Open||−2 (69-71-77=217)||1 stroke||Kathy Whitworth|
|5||Oct 15, 1971||Quality First Classic||−2 (71-72-71=214)||Playoff||Jane Blalock|
|6||Mar 10, 1972||Lady Eve Open||−9 (69-71-70=210)||Playoff||Kathy Whitworth|
|7||Oct 10, 1972||Heritage Village Open||−7 (69-72-71=212)||5 strokes||Betty Burfeindt|
|8||May 6, 1973||American Defender-Raleigh Classic||+1 (73-72-72=217)||2 strokes||Chako Higuchi|
|9||May 13, 1973||Lady Carling Open||−4 (75-67-73=215)||4 strokes||Sandra Haynie|
|10||Aug 5, 1973||Pabst Ladies Classic||−4 (69-71-72=212)||3 strokes||Debbie Austin|
|11||Oct 14, 1973||GAC Classic||−8 (69-67-70-66=272)||Playoff|| Gerda Boykin
|12||Jun 2, 1974||Baltimore Classic||−2 (71-73=144)||1 stroke|| Susie Berning
|13||Aug 24, 1975||National Jewish Hospital Open||−9 (68-68-71=207)||2 strokes|| Jane Blalock
|14||Feb 1, 1976||Burdine's Invitational||−3 (73-69-71=213)||3 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|15||Apr 4, 1976||Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle||−3 (74-72-71-68=285)||3 strokes||Betty Burfeindt|
|16||Apr 18, 1976||Karsten-Ping Open||−11 (68-68-69=205)||7 strokes||Sandra Post|
|17||Jun 27, 1976||Babe Zaharias Invitational||−1 (74-69-69-75=287)||1 stroke||Jane Blalock|
|18||Jul 18, 1976||Borden Classic||−11 (68-70-67=205)||5 strokes|| Pat Bradley
|19||Nov 20, 1976||Colgate-Hong Kong Open||Even (71-72-73=216)||3 strokes||Chako Higuchi|
|20||Feb 20, 1977||Orange Blossom Classic||−8 (69-70-69=208)||5 strokes||Joyce Kazmierski|
|21||Feb 27, 1977||Bent Tree Classic||−7 (63-77-69=209)||4 strokes||Clifford Ann Creed|
|22||Jun 19, 1977||Mayflower Classic||−4 (68-72-72=212)||2 strokes||Jane Blalock|
|23||Jul 3, 1977||Peter Jackson Classic||−4 (72-66-74=212)||3 strokes|| Pat Meyers
|24||Aug 6, 1977||Colgate European Women's Open||−15 (69-71-71-70=281)||6 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|25||Aug 13, 1978||WUI Classic||−9 (71-69-70-73=283)||2 strokes|| Pam Higgins
|26||Aug 13, 1979||WUI Classic||−4 (76-71-71-70=288)||2 strokes||Beth Daniel|
LPGA Tour playoff record (4–12)
|1||1968||Corpus Christi Civitan Open||Sandra Spuzich||Won with par on second extra hole|
|2||1970||Women's Golf Charities Open|| Sandra Haynie
|Smith won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1971||Quality First Classic||Jane Blalock||Won with par on second extra hole|
|4||1972||Lady Eve Open||Kathy Whitworth||Won with eagle on first extra hole|
|5||1973||Sealy-Faberge Classic||Kathy Cornelius||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|6||1973||La Canadienne|| Jocelyne Bourassa
|Bourassa won with birdie on third extra hole
Rankin eliminated with par on first
|7||1973||GAC Classic|| Gerda Boykin
|Won with par on third extra hole
Boykin eliminated with par on first hole
|8||1973||Corpus Christi Civitan Open||Sharon Miller||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|9||1975||Charity Golf Classic|| Amy Alcott
|Haynie won with par on fourth extra hole
Rankin eliminated with par on first hole
|10||1975||Birmingham Classic|| Maria Astrologes
|Astrologes won with birdie on first extra hole|
|11||1975||American Defender Classic||JoAnne Carner||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|12||1976||Girl Talk Classic|| Pat Bradley
|Bradley won with par on second extra hole
Lauer and Post eliminated with birdie on first hole
|13||1976||Peter Jackson Classic||Donna Caponi||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|14||1977||American Cancer Society Classic||Pam Higgins||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|15||1979||Mayflower Classic|| Laura Baugh
|Stacy won with par on second extra hole
Rankin eliminated with par on first hole
|16||1981||Elizabeth Arden Classic|| JoAnne Carner
|Little won with par on third extra hole
Carner eliminated with par on second hole
Other wins (2)
- "Rankin and Andrade sign with Golf Channel". Golf Channel. January 21, 2010. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
- "Faces in the crowd: Judy Torluemke". Sports Illustrated. August 8, 1960. p. 7. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Brown, Gwilym S. (August 21, 1961). "A small but handy prodigy". Sports Illustrated. p. 23. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
- "Tabs Torluemke threat in Jaycee". Milwaukee Sentinel. July 31, 1965. p. 4, part 2.
- "Golfing gallery". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. March 11, 1966. p. 17A.
- Murray, Jim (March 5, 1977). "Judy Rankin...most consistent golfer in game". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. (Los Angeles Times). p. 2D.
- "Drought over for Rankin". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. August 14, 1979. p. 24.
- "Rankin discovers gold at end of the rainbow". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. August 14, 1979. p. 13.
- "LPGA votes Rankin into Hall of Fame". Victoria Advocate. Texas. wire reports. May 3, 2000. p. 2B.
- Ferguson, Doug (May 3, 2000). "Judy Rankin voted into LPGA Hall of Fame". Kingman Daily Miner. Arizona. Associated Press. p. 7.
- "Judy Rankin joins St. Louis Walk of Fame". KSDK. April 29, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Martin, Frank W. (November 1, 1976). "Judy Rankin Cracks the $100,000 Earnings Mark for Women Golfers, but She's Far Behind the Men". People. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Sternberg, Stina (February 27, 2012). "Yippy Rankin is laid to rest". Golf Digest Woman. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
- Leonard, Tod (March 22, 2012). "Rankin making emotional return to TV golf". U-T San Diego. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Rankin, Judy (March 10, 2009). "Rankin shares her insider's perspective on Ogilvy". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Lewis, Chris (2007). The Scorecard Always Lies: A Year Behind the Scenes on the PGA Tour. Free Press. ISBN 978-1-4165-3716-8.
- "Hall of Fame Golfer Rankin Is Being Treated for Cancer". The Washington Post. June 10, 2006. Retrieved May 3, 2013.