Pat Bradley (golfer)
|Born||March 24, 1951|
Westford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Sporting nationality||United States|
|Residence||Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|Chevron Championship||Won: 1986|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1986|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1981|
|du Maurier Classic||Won: 1980, 1985, 1986|
|Women's British Open||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
Pat Bradley (born March 24, 1951) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won 31 tour events, including six major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Early life and family
Bradley was born on March 24, 1951, in Westford, Massachusetts, she was the only daughter among six children of Richard and Kay Bradley. Her father was an avid golfer, and her brothers include Mark, a PGA club professional in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, whose son Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011. The Bradleys were named "Golf Family of the Year" in 1989 by the National Golf Foundation. As a teenager, she was also an accomplished alpine ski racer.
Bradley won the New Hampshire Amateur in 1967 and 1969 and the New England Amateur in 1972 and 1973. As a member of the golf team of Florida International University in Miami, she was named an All-American in 1970. In early 1973, Bradley tied for twelfth as an amateur at the Burdine's Invitational on the LPGA Tour.
Bradley joined the LPGA Tour in 1974 and got her first win at the Girl Talk Classic in 1976 (she also finished second six times that year). Her breakout year was 1978, when she won three times. Her most fertile years came in the early to mid-1980s. She led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1986 (5). Her first major came at the 1980 Peter Jackson Classic, followed by the U.S. Women's Open in 1981, and the du Maurier Classic in 1985.
In 1986, Bradley won three of the four LPGA majors - the du Maurier Classic, Nabisco Dinah Shore, and LPGA Championship. She finished fifth in the U.S. Women's Open, three strokes back, to narrowly miss the grand slam. Bradley won the money title and Vare Trophy that year, as well. In 1988, she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, and she played in 17 tournaments but made the cut in only eight. But she returned to form in 1989, winning once. Three more wins followed in 1990.
Bradley won four times in 1991 and captured her second money and scoring titles, and was also named LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time. She was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A New York Times survey of other LPGA Tour players published July 22, 1992 ranked Bradley as the tour's best long putter and best course manager as well as the best player on tour. The last of her LPGA victories came in 1995.
Sports psychologist Bob Rotella wrote in his 1996 book, Golf Is a Game of Confidence, that Bradley was the most mentally tough athlete he knew. She won a total of 31 tournaments on the LPGA Tour. She was the third woman, behind Mickey Wright and Louise Suggs, to have completed the LPGA "Career Grand Slam". Bradley played on three U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1996) and captained the team in 2000. She was inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame in 2018.
LPGA Tour (31)
|LPGA Tour major championships (6)|
|Other LPGA Tour (25)|
|1||Jun 6, 1976||Girl Talk Classic||+1 (72-73-72=217)||Playoff|| Bonnie Lauer|
|2||Jul 10, 1977||Bankers Trust Classic||−6 (75-68-70=213)||2 strokes|| JoAnne Carner|
|3||Jun 25, 1978||Lady Keystone Open||−10 (70-69-67=206)||4 strokes||Jane Blalock|
|4||Jul 30, 1978||Hoosier Classic||−10 (69-69-68=206)||3 strokes||JoAnne Carner|
|5||Sep 4, 1978||Rail Charity Classic||−12 (67-66-73-71=276)||4 strokes||Sharon Miller|
|6||Jul 20, 1980||Greater Baltimore Golf Classic||−13 (69-70-67=206)||1 stroke||Nancy Lopez|
|7||Aug 10, 1980||Peter Jackson Classic||−15 (65-72-69-71=277)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|8||Mar 29, 1981||Women's Kemper Open||E (71-75-68-70=284)||5 strokes||Debbie Massey|
|9||Jul 26, 1981||U.S. Women's Open||−9 (71-74-68-66=279)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|10||Jan 30, 1983||Mazda Classic of Deer Creek||−16 (68-69-69-66=272)||7 strokes||Beth Daniel|
|11||May 22, 1983||Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Classic||−7 (73-73-66=212)||1 stroke||Stephanie Farwig|
|12||Aug 28, 1983||Columbia Savings Classic||−11 (71-69-70-67=277)||Playoff||Beth Daniel|
|13||Nov 13, 1983||Mazda Japan Classic||−10 (72-70-64=206)||7 strokes||Laurie Rinker|
|14||Jun 16, 1985||Rochester International||−8 (74-67-67-72=280)||2 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|15||Jul 28, 1985||du Maurier Classic||−10 (70-73-67-68=278)||1 stroke||Jane Geddes|
|16||Aug 25, 1985||LPGA National Pro-Am||−4 (71-74-71-68=284)||Playoff||Amy Alcott|
|17||Apr 6, 1986||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−8 (68-72-69-71=280)||2 strokes||Val Skinner|
|18||Apr 27, 1986||S&H Golf Classic||−16 (69-67-71-65=272)||1 stroke||Janet Coles|
|19||Jun 1, 1986||LPGA Championship||−11 (67-72-70-68=277)||1 stroke||Patty Sheehan|
|20||Jul 27, 1986||du Maurier Classic||−12 (73-70-67-66=276)||Playoff||Ayako Okamoto|
|21||Aug 17, 1986||Nestle World Championship||−9 (72-72-72-63=279)||2 strokes|| Betsy King|
|22||Mar 29, 1987||Standard Register Turquoise Classic||−6 (75-74-67-70=286)||2 strokes||Christa Johnson|
|23||Apr 16, 1989||AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic||−8 (72 69-67=208)||1 stroke|| Nancy Lopez|
|24||Feb 4, 1990||Oldsmobile LPGA Classic||−7 (66-65-74-76=281)||Playoff||Dale Eggeling|
|25||Mar 25, 1990||Standard Register Turquoise Classic||−12 (70-71-68-71=280)||1 stroke||Ayako Okamoto|
|26||May 27, 1990||LPGA Corning Classic||−10 (69-70-66-69=274)||3 strokes||Patty Sheehan|
|27||May 19, 1991||Centel Classic||−10 (70-68-69-71=278)||1 stroke||Ayako Okamoto|
|28||Sep 3, 1991||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−19 (67-65-65=197)||6 strokes||Danielle Ammaccapane|
|29||Sep 22, 1991||Safeco Classic||−8 69-67-72-72=280)||Playoff||Rosie Jones|
|30||Sep 29, 1991||MBS LPGA Classic||−11 (72-70-67-68=277)||1 stroke||Michelle Estill|
|31||Jan 22, 1995||HealthSouth Inaugural||−5 (71-72-68=211)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
LPGA Tour playoff record (6–4)
|1||1975||Greater Ft. Myers Classic||Sandra Haynie||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||1976||Girl Talk Classic|| Bonnie Lauer
|Won with par on second extra hole|
Lauer and Post eliminated by birdie on first hole
|3||1976||Wheeling Classic||Jane Blalock||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||1983||Columbia Savings Classic||Beth Daniel||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1984||Nabisco Dinah Shore||Juli Inkster||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|6||1985||LPGA National Pro-Am||Amy Alcott||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1985||Konica San Jose Classic||Val Skinner||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|8||1986||du Maurier Classic||Ayako Okamoto||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|9||1990||Oldsmobile LPGA Classic||Dale Eggeling||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1991||Safeco Classic||Rosie Jones||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
LPGA of Japan Tour (1)
- 1983 Mazda Japan Classic1
1Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour
Legends Tour (1)
- 2005 BJ's Charity Championship (with Patty Sheehan; tie with Cindy Rarick and Jan Stephenson)
- 1975 Colgate Far East Ladies Tournament
- 1978 JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (with Lon Hinkle)
- 1989 JCPenney Classic (with Bill Glasson)
- 1992 JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game
|1980||Peter Jackson Classic||−15 (65-72-69-71=277)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|1981||U.S. Women's Open||−9 (71-74-68-66=279)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|1985||du Maurier Classic||−10 (70-73-67-68=278)||1 stroke||Jane Geddes|
|1986||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−8 (68-72-69-71=280)||2 strokes||Val Skinner|
|1986||LPGA Championship||−11 (67-72-70-68=277)||1 stroke||Patty Sheehan|
|1986||du Maurier Classic||−12 (73-70-67-66=276)||Playoff1||Ayako Okamoto|
1Won in a sudden-death playoff on the first playoff hole with a birdie.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T16||T17||T4||T16||T26||T16|
|du Maurier Classic||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||T18||1|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||...||...||T15||2||6||1||3||T74||T6||T9|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||T21||T8||T13||T12||T5||CUT||CUT||T3||T19|
|du Maurier Classic||T2||T38||T5||T19||1||1||T25||T39||T2||T8|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T3||T17||T12||T19||T16||T23||T35||T42||T13||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||2||T29||T4||T25||T3||T3||T28||T46||CUT|
|du Maurier Classic||T23||CUT||T52||CUT||T53||CUT||CUT||T66||T33|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||77||CUT||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open|
|Women's British Open ^|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||1||1||2||4||7||14||21||18|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||1||3||8||10||18||26||22|
|du Maurier Classic||3||2||0||6||7||11||21||17|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 38 (1974 LPGA – 1987 LPGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 11 (1989 Kraft Nabisco – 1991 U.S. Open)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1990 (winners), 1992, 1996 (winners), 2000 (non-playing captain)
- Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013, 2014 (winners), 2015 (winners)
Solheim Cup record
|1990||3||2-1-0||1-0-0 def. T. Johnson 8&7||0-1-0 lost w/ N. Lopez 2&1||1-0-0 won w/ N. Lopez 2&1||2.0||66.6%|
|1992||3||0-2-1||0-1-0 lost to P. Wright 4&3||0-1-0 lost w/ D. Mochrie 2&1||0-0-1 halved w/ D. Mochrie||0.5||16.6%|
|1996||2||0-2-0||0-1-0 lost to A. Sörenstam 2&1||0-0-0||0-1-0 lost w/ K. Robbins 6&5||0.0||0.0%|
- List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins
- List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins
- Women's career grand slam
- ^ "Pat Bradley". Britannica Kids. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
- ^ Palm Beach Post, Jupiter resident Keegan Bradley, nephew of Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, is bound for PGA Tour October 19, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- ^ a b Bryant, Ted (December 17, 1973). "Pat Bradley plans professional golf career". Nashua Telegraph. (New Hampshire). p. 31.
- ^ a b c d Pat Bradley at about.com
- ^ "Prentice 1 better in Burdine golf". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. January 8, 1973. p. 3C.
- ^ McDermott, Barry (September 29, 1986). "Now they call her Payday Pat". Sports Illustrated. p. 82. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- ^ Mickey, Lisa D. (October 18, 2018). "Bradley, Blalock to enter New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame". Legends Tour.
- Pat Bradley at the LPGA Tour official site (archived)
- Pat Bradley at the Legends Tour official site (also at former site)
- Pat Bradley at golf.about.com at the Wayback Machine (archived June 21, 2016)
- LPGA Hall of Fame
- American female golfers
- FIU Panthers women's golfers
- LPGA Tour golfers
- Winners of LPGA major golf championships
- World Golf Hall of Fame inductees
- Solheim Cup competitors for the United States
- Golfers from Massachusetts
- Sportspeople from Barnstable County, Massachusetts
- Sportspeople from Middlesex County, Massachusetts
- People from Westford, Massachusetts
- People from Hyannis, Massachusetts
- 1951 births
- Living people