Kathy Whitworth

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Kathy Whitworth
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kathrynne Ann Whitworth
Born (1939-09-27) September 27, 1939 (age 75)
Monahans, Texas
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Texas
Career
College Odessa College
Turned professional 1958
Retired 2005
Current tour(s) Legends Tour
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1958)
Professional wins 98
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 88 (1st all time)
Ladies European Tour 1
Other 9
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 6)
Western Open Won: 1967
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1965, 1966
ANA Inspiration T2: 1983
Women's PGA C'ship Won: 1967, 1971, 1975
U.S. Women's Open 2nd: 1971
du Maurier Classic T14: 1980
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1975 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
LPGA Vare Trophy 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1965, 1966
LPGA William and
Mousie Powell Award
1986
Patty Berg Award 1987

Kathrynne Ann Whitworth (born September 27, 1939) is an American professional golfer. Throughout her playing career she won 88 LPGA Tour tournaments, more than anyone else has won on either the LPGA Tour or the PGA Tour. In 1981 she became the first woman to reach career earnings of $1 million on the LPGA Tour.[1] She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Amateur career[edit]

Whitworth was born in Monahans, Texas.[2] She began playing golf at age of 15 and won the 1957 and 1958 New Mexico State Amateur Championship. She attended Odessa College. She became a professional player at 19, joining the LPGA in December 1958.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In 1962 she won her first tournament, the Kelly Girls Open.[4] She won a total of six major championships. She was LPGA Player of the Year seven times between 1966 and 1973, won the Vare Trophy for best scoring average by an LPGA Tour Player a record seven times between 1965 and 1972,[5] and entered the World Golf Hall of Fame[6] in 1975. She was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1965 and 1967. She was Named "Golfer of the Decade" by Golf Magazine for the years 1968 to 1977 during the 1988 Centennial of Golf in America celebration. She received the 1985 William Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for consistent outstanding contributions to golf.

She was the U.S. team captain at the inaugural Solheim Cup match in 1990.[7]

In 1974 Whitworth won the Orange Blossom Classic.[8] It was her fifth triumph in that tournament that was also known during its existence as the St. Petersburg Open. Only three other LPGA golfers have won the same tournament five times.

Whitworth retired from competitive golf in 2005 after competing in the BJ's Charity Classic, an event on the Women's Senior Golf Tour. She is a member of the New Mexico Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (88)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 8, 1962 Kelly Girls Open −7 (73-73–69=215) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie
2 Oct 14, 1962 Phoenix Thunderbird Open −3 (72-71-70=213) 4 strokes United States Mickey Wright
3 Jun 30, 1963 Carvel Ladies Open −2 (72-74-71=217) 1 stroke United States Marilynn Smith
4 Jul 28, 1963 Wolverine Open −9 (72-64-62=198) 5 strokes United States Betsy Rawls
5 Aug 4, 1963 Milwaukee Jaycee Open −2 (70-73-73-70=286) 7 strokes United States Jackie Pung,
United States Louise Suggs
6 Aug 25, 1963 Ogden Ladies' Open −5 (69-75-71=215) 5 strokes United States Mickey Wright
7 Sep 8, 1963 Spokane Women's Open −3 (67-70-73=210) 2 strokes United States Marilynn Smith
8 Oct 20, 1963 Hillside Open Even (70-72-77=219) 4 strokes United States Mickey Wright
9 Nov 10, 1963 San Antonio Civitan Open +7 (73-73-78-75=299) Playoff United States Mickey Wright
10 Nov 17, 1963 Mary Mills Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational Even (72-77-70=219) 4 strokes United States Mickey Wright
11 Jul 5, 1964 San Antonio Civitan Open −5 (70-72-71-70=283) 3 strokes United States Marlene Hagge
12 Mar 21, 1965 St. Petersburg Open −7 (70-66-71-74=281) 4 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
13 May 2, 1965 Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational −6 (70-70-70=210) 6 strokes United States Patty Berg
14 Jun 6, 1965 Blue Grass Invitational −3 (70-69-74=213) 4 strokes United States Clifford Ann Creed
15 Aug 1, 1965 Lady Carling Midwest Open Even (72-77-70=219) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie
16 Jul 18, 1965 Yankee Open −3 (73-68-72=213) 2 strokes United States Carol Mann
17 Jul 25, 1965 Buckeye Savings Invitational −6 (70-67-70=207) 1 stroke United States Susan Maxwell-Berning
18 Oct 3, 1965 Mickey Wright Invitational −9 (68-73-71-71=283) 6 strokes United States Donna Caponi
19 Nov 28, 1965 Titleholders Championship −1 (71-71-74-71=287) 10 strokes United States Peggy Wilson
20 May 8, 1966 Tall City Open −5 (67-70-71=208) 1 stroke United States Mickey Wright
21 Jun 5, 1966 Clayton Federal Invitational +1 (68-72-68=208) 4 strokes United States Shirley Englehorn
22 Jun 19, 1966 Milwaukee Jaycee Open −7 (68-71-69-65=273) 12 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
23 Jul 30, 1966 Supertest Ladies Open −3 (71-70-72=213) 3 strokes United States Mickey Wright
24 Aug 7, 1966 Lady Carling Open (Massachusetts) −5 (74-73-70=217) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
25 Aug 13, 1966 Lady Carling Open (Maryland) −2 (70-71-73=214) 3 strokes United States Peggy Wilson
26 Oct 30, 1966 Las Cruces Ladies Open −2 (69-71-74=214) 6 strokes United States Marilynn Smith
27 Nov 6, 1966 Amarillo Ladies' Open +2 (76-71-68=215) Playoff United States Mickey Wright
28 Nov 27, 1966 Titleholders Championship +3 (74-70-74-73=291) 2 strokes United States Judy Kimball-Simon,
United States Mary Mills
29 Mar 26, 1967 Venice Ladies Open +4 (70-71-76=217) 1 stroke United States Clifford Ann Creed,
United States Gloria Ehret
30 Apr 23, 1967 Raleigh Ladies Invitational −1 (72-72-71=215) 5 strokes United States Susie Maxwell Berning
31 Jun 7, 1967 St. Louis Women's Invitational +2 (68-70-71=209) 2 strokes United States Carol Mann
32 Jul 16, 1967 LPGA Championship −8 (69-74-72-69=284) 1 stroke United States Shirley Englehorn
33 Aug 6, 1967 Lady Carling Open (Ohio) −4 (71-70-71=212) 1 stroke United States Susie Maxwell Berning
34 Aug 20, 1967 Women's Western Open −11 (71-74-73-71=289) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
35 Oct 1, 1967 Ladies' Los Angeles Open −4 (71-68-73=212) 4 strokes United States Murle Breer
36 Oct 29, 1967 Alamo Ladies' Open −3 (71-71-71=213) 3 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
37 Mar 17, 1968 St. Petersburg Orange Blossom Open Even (70-71-72=213) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie,
United States Judy Kimball-Simon
38 May 26, 1968 Dallas Civitan Open −4 (70-70-69=209) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
39 Jun 30, 1968 Lady Carling Open (Maryland) −2 (71-70-73=214) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
40 Aug 4, 1968 Gino Paoli Open −1 (69-72-74=215) Playoff United States Marlene Hagge
41 Aug 18, 1968 Holiday Inn Classic −1 (74-70-62=206) 3 strokes United States Judy Kimball-Simon,
United States Carol Mann
42 Sep 22, 1968 Kings River Open −8 (68-71-69=208) 10 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
43 Oct 22, 1968 River Plantation Invitational −8 (67-70-68=205) 8 strokes United States Kathy Cornelius
44 Nov 3, 1968 Canyon Ladies Classic +2 (78-69-71=218) 2 strokes United States Donna Caponi,
United States Shirley Englehorn,
United States Mary Mills
45 Nov 17, 1968 Pensacola Ladies Invitational −3 (71-71-74=216) 3 strokes United States Jo Ann Prentice,
46 Nov 24, 1968 Louise Suggs Invitational −8 (69-69-72=210) 7 strokes United States Carol Mann
47 Mar 17, 1969 Orange Blossom Classic +3 (74-70-72=216) Playoff United States Shirley Englehorn,
United States Marlene Hagge
48 Mar 23, 1969 Port Charlotte Invitational −1 (72-72-74=218) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie,
Canada Sandra Post
49 Mar 30, 1969 Port Malabar Invitational −3 (68-72-70=210) 4 strokes United States Mickey Wright
50 Apr 20, 1969 Lady Carling Open (Georgia) −4 (70-72-70=212) Playoff United States Mickey Wright
51 Jun 15, 1969 Patty Berg Classic −5 (69-73-72=214) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie
52 Sep 14, 1969 Wendell-West Open −3 (69-72-72=213) 1 stroke United States Judy Rankin
53 Nov 2, 1969 River Plantation Women's Open Even (70-71-72=213) 1 stroke United States Betsy Rawls
54 Mar 22, 1970 Orange Blossom Classic +3 (73-72-71=216) 1 stroke United States Carol Mann
55 Oct 18, 1970 Quality Chek'd Classic −11 (71-67-67=205) 3 strokes United States JoAnne Carner
56 Apr 18, 1971 Raleigh Golf Classic −4 (71-72-69=212) 5 strokes United States Pam Barnett
57 May 23, 1971 Suzuki Golf Internationale +1 (72-72-73=217) 2 strokes United States Sandra Haynie,
United States Sandra Palmer
58 Jun 6, 1971 Lady Carling Open −9 (71-68-71=210) 6 strokes United States Jane Blalock
59 Jun 13, 1971 Eve-LPGA Championship −4 (71-73-70-74=288) 4 strokes United States Kathy Ahern
60 Apr 30, 1972 Alamo Ladies Open −10 (66-71-72=209) 3 strokes United States Mickey Wright
61 Jul 23, 1972 Raleigh Golf Classic −4 (72-69-71=212) 2 strokes United States Marilynn Smith
62 Aug 6, 1972 Knoxville Ladies Classic −4 (71-68-71=210) 4 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
63 Aug 20, 1972 Southgate Ladies Open Even (69-71-76=216) Playoff Canada Jocelyne Bourassa
64 Oct 1, 1972 Portland Ladies Open −7 (75-69-68=212) 4 strokes United States Sandra Haynie
65 Feb 11, 1973 Naples Lely Classic +3 (68-76-75=219) 2 strokes United States JoAnne Carner
66 Mar 11, 1973 S&H Green Stamp Classic −2 (73-71-70=214) 2 strokes United States Mary Mills
67 Sep 9, 1973 Dallas Civitan Open −3 (75-72-66=213) Playoff United States Mary Mills
68 Sep 16, 1973 Southgate Ladies Open −2 (72-70=142) 1 stroke West Germany Gerda Boykin
69 Sep 23, 1973 Portland Ladies Open −2 (71-73=144) 2 strokes United States Sandra Palmer
70 Oct 21, 1973 Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Classic −7 (68-72-69=209) 4 strokes United States Kathy Cornelius,
United States Pam Higgins,
United States Marilynn Smith
71 Nov 4, 1973 Lady Errol Classic −3 (68-75-70=213) 2 strokes United States Gloria Ehret,
United States Shelley Hamlin
72 Mar 3, 1974 Orange Blossom Classic −7 (70-68-71=209) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie
73 Jun 1, 1975 LPGA Championship −4 (70-70-75-73=288) 1 stroke United States Sandra Haynie
74 Sep 14, 1975 Southgate Open Even (72-72-69=213) 4 strokes West Germany Gerda Boykin
75 Feb 7, 1976 Bent Tree Classic −7 (69-69-71=209) 1 stroke United States Hollis Stacy
76 Aug 22, 1976 Patty Berg Classic −7 (66-73-73=212) 2 strokes Canada Sandra Post
77 Apr 3, 1977 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle +1 (76-70-72-71=289) 1 stroke United States Joanne Carner,
South Africa Sally Little
78 Apr 24, 1977 American Defender Classic −10 (69-68-69=206) 1 stroke United States Pat Bradley
79 May 22, 1977 LPGA Coca-Cola Classic −11 (67-68-67=202) 3 strokes United States Donna Caponi
80 Sep 10, 1978 National Jewish Hospital Open −5 (70–75–66–65=276) 3 strokes United States Pat Bradley,
United States Gloria Ehret,
United States JoAnn Washam
81 May 17, 1981 Coca-Cola Classic −8 (69-72-70=211) Playoff United States Alice Ritzman
82 Apr 18, 1982 CPC Women's International −7 (73-68-73-67=281) 9 strokes United States Patty Sheehan
83 May 16, 1982 Lady Michelob −9 (69-68-70=207) 4 strokes United States Sharon Barrett
United States Barbara Moxness
84 Mar 20, 1983 Women's Kemper Open −4 (72-77-70-69=288) 1 stroke United States Dale Eggeling
85 Jul 22, 1984 Rochester International −7 (73-68-71-69=281) Playoff United States Rosie Jones
86 Sep 16, 1984 Safeco Classic −9 (69-75-65-70=279) 2 strokes United States Laura Baugh,
Spain Marta Figueras-Dotti
87 Oct 14, 1984 Smirnoff Ladies Irish Open −3 (70-74-69-72=285) 2 strokes United States Pat Bradley,
United States Becky Pearson
88 May 12, 1985 United Virginia Bank Classic −9 (69-66-72=207) 1 stroke United States Amy Alcott

LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Note: Whitworth won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before it became a major championship.

LPGA Tour playoff record (8-20)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1960 Waterloo Open United States Wiffi Smith Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1962 J.E. McAuliffe Memorial United States Betsy Rawls Lost on second extra hole
3 1963 San Antonio Civitan Open United States Mickey Wright Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1966 Amarillo Ladies' Open United States Mickey Wright Won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1966 Pensacola Ladies Invitational United States Sandra Haynie Lost to par on first extra hole
6 1967 Shirley Englehorn Invitational United States Shirley Englehorn Lost to par on second extra hole
7 1967 Mickey Wright Invitational United States Sandra Haynie Lost to birdie on first extra hole
8 1968 LPGA Championship Canada Sandra Post Lost 18-hole playoff (Post:68, Whitworth:75)
9 1968 Gino Paoli Open United States Marlene Hagge Won with birdie on first extra hole
10 1969 Lady Carling Open United States Mickey Wright Won with par on first extra hole
11 1969 St. Louis Women's Invitational United States Sandra Haynie, United States Peggy Wilson Haynie won with par on third extra hole
Whitworth eliminated with birdie on first hole
12 1969 Lincoln-Mercury Open United States Donna Caponi Lost to par on first extra hole
13 1969 Corpus Christi Civitan Open United States Carol Mann Lost to par on third extra hole
14 1970 LPGA Championship United States Shirley Englehorn Lost 18-hole playoff (Englehorn:74, Whitworth:78)
15 1972 Lady Eve Open United States Judy Rankin Lost to eagle on first extra hole
16 1972 Southgate Ladies Open Canada Jocelyne Bourassa Won with par on fifth extra hole
17 1972 Dallas Civitan Open United States Jane Blalock Lost to birdie on first extra hole
18 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open United States JoAnn Prentice, United States Sandra Palmer Prentice won with birdie on tenth extra hole
Whitworth eliminated with par on third extra hole
19 1972 Lady Errol Classic United States Jane Blalock, United States Sandra Palmer Blalock won with birdie on third extra hole
20 1973 Dallas Civitan Open United States Mary Mills Won with par on second extra hole
21 1974 Burdine's Invitational United States Sandra Palmer Palmer won with birdie on fifth extra hole
22 1974 Lady Tara Classic United States Donna Caponi, United States Sandra Spuzich Spuzich won with par on fifth extra hole
Whitworth eliminated with par on third hole
23 1978 Lady Stroh's Open United States Pat Meyers, Canada Sandra Post Post won with birdie on second extra hole
24 1981 CPC Women's International South Africa Sally Little, United States Hollis Stacy Little won with birdie on first extra hole
25 1981 Coca-Cola Classic United States Alice Ritzman Won with birdie on second extra hole
26 1982 United Virginia Bank Classic South Africa Sally Little Lost to birdie on first extra hole
27 1983 Rochester International Japan Ayako Okamoto, United States Donna White Okamoto won with birdie on third extra hole
28 1984 Rochester International United States Rosie Jones Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (6)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1965 Titleholders Championship −1 (71-71-74-71=287) 10 strokes Peggy Wilson
1966 Titleholders Championship +3 (74-70-74-73=291) 2 strokes Judy Kimball-Simon, Mary Mills
1967 LPGA Championship −8 (69-74-72-69=284) 1 stroke Shirley Englehorn
1967 Women's Western Open −11 (71-74-73-71=289) 3 strokes Sandra Haynie
1971 Eve-LPGA Championship −4 (71-73-70-74=288) 3 strokes Kathy Ahern
1975 LPGA Championship −4 (70-70-75-73=288) 1 stroke Sandra Haynie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGarr, Elizabeth (July 13, 2009). "Kathy Whitworth". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Sirak, Ron (July 6, 2009). "A Legend Like No Other". Golf Digest. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kalb, Elliott (2006). Who's Better, Who's Best in Golf?. McGraw-Hill. p. 121. ISBN 0-07-146977-X. 
  4. ^ Kalb, p. 122.
  5. ^ Hickok, Ralph (1995). A Who's Who of Sports Champions. Houghton Mifflin. p. 838. ISBN 0-395-73312-X. 
  6. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Kathy Whitworth". World Golf Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 15, 2007. 
  7. ^ Garrity, John (November 26, 1990). "Side By Side By Solheim". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kathy Whitworth wins Orange Blossom Classic". The Day. Associated Press. March 4, 1974. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 

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