Mhairi McKay

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Mhairi McKay
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Personal information
Born (1975-04-18) 18 April 1975 (age 42)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Los Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.
College Stanford University
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1998)
Former tour(s) LET (1998-2008)
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
ALPG Tour 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T19: 2002
Women's PGA C'ship T13: 2004
U.S. Women's Open 6th/T6: 2002, 2003
du Maurier Classic T13: 2000
Women's British Open T11: 2007

Mhairi McKay (born 18 April 1975) is a Scottish professional golfer who plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

McKay was born in Glasgow. She is a former pupil of Fernhill School and was introduced to golf by her parents. They moved from Glasgow to Girvan, close to the famous Turnberry golf links where she learned to play and is still a club member.[1] She had a successful amateur career and was the Golf Foundation Under 13 girls’ champion in 1987 and Under 14 champion in 1988.[2] She also won the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in 1991[3] and won back-to-back British Girls Championships in 1992 and 1993.[1] She represented Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup matches of 1994[4] and 1996[5][6] and played in the 1996 Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Team Championship.[7]

McKay was the first international player to be offered a golf scholarship at Stanford University in California[8] where she was a classmate of Tiger Woods (she took a Portuguese literature class with him).[9] She graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Public Policy[10] having been Pac-10 champion in 1997, Pac-10 All Conference from 1994 to 1997) and Pac-10 All Academic 1st Team in 1997.[11] She also earned All-American honours from 1994 through to 1997.[12]

Professional career[edit]

McKay turned professional after graduating from college and qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt, finishing joint 56th at LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament earning non-exempt status for the 1998 LPGA season.[12]

She was an LPGA Tour rookie in 1998. She has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, but she had second-place finishes in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and claimed her first professional win in 2003 at the AAMI Women's Australian Open.[13] She represented Europe in the Solheim Cup in 2002[14][15] and 2003[16][17] and represented Scotland in the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf where she and her partner Janice Moodie finished fourth.[18]

She is one of three women to hold the professional course record of 67 at the Old Course of St. Andrews.[19]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

ALPG (1)[edit]

Team appearances[edit]


  • Vagliano Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1993 (winners), 1995, 1997
  • Curtis Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1994 (tie, Cup retained), 1996 (winners)
  • Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1996


Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
Career 5 2-3-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 2 40%
2002 3 1-2-0 0-1-0 lost to P. Hurst 3&2 0-1-0 lost w/I. Tinning 3&2 1-0-0 won w/C. Koch 3&2 1 33.3%
2003 2 1-1-0 1-0-0 def B. Daniel conceded on 15 0-0-0 0-1-0 lost w/A.B. Sanchez 5&4 1 50%


  1. ^ a b Campbell, Alan (2002-08-11). "The pressure is being piled on but Mhairi McKay can cope, reports". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  2. ^ "The Golf Foundation Junior Championships 2006". Golf Foundation. 2006-03-23. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Roll of Honour Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship". Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  4. ^ "1994 Curtis Cup". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  5. ^ "1996 Curtis Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  6. ^ "Previous Curtis Cup Matches 1932-2002". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Notable Past Players". International Golf Federation. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  8. ^ "McKay on track for bigger and better things". Scottish Golf. 2001-11-29. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  9. ^ "McKay aims for home rule". The Scotsman. 2002-04-30. Archived from the original on 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Mhairi McKay Player Profile". LET. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  11. ^ "PAC-10 Women's Golf" (PDF). PAC-10. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  12. ^ a b "LPGA Full Career Biography" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  13. ^ "McKay steals the show at Terrey Hills". LET. 2003-03-03. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Solheim Cup Player Profile: Mhairi McKay". LET. 2002-09-04. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  15. ^ "Reid chooses wild cards amid controversy". LET. 2002-08-25. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  16. ^ "European Team announced". LET. 2003-08-25. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  17. ^ "Solheim Cup player profiles". LET. 2003-08-30. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  18. ^ "Solid showing from Scottish pair after late call-up". Edinburgh News. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2007-03-25. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Course Records at St. Andrews". Archived from the original on 2009-12-10. 

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