Patti Rizzo

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Patti Rizzo
Personal information
Full name Patrice M. Rizzo
Born (1960-06-19) June 19, 1960 (age 56)
Hollywood, Florida
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality  United States
College University of Miami
Status Professional
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (1982–1999)
Professional wins 15
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 4
LPGA of Japan Tour 9
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T8: 1986
Women's PGA C'ship 4th/T4: 1984, 1993
U.S. Women's Open 4th: 1983
du Maurier Classic T8: 1986, 1990
Achievements and awards
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1982

Patrice M. "Patti" Rizzo (born June 19, 1960) is an American professional golfer and golf instructor.

Amateur career[edit]

Rizzo was born in Hollywood, Florida. A collegiate All-American at the University of Miami, among her significant victories as an amateur were the Eastern Women's Amateur and Mexican Amateur in 1980, a year when she was also runner-up to Juli Inkster at the U.S. Women's Amateur. Her performance in the 1980 season resulted in Golf Digest ranking her the No.1 female amateur in the U.S. The following year her wins included the North and South Women's Amateur at Pinehurst and she earned medalist honors at the 1981 U.S. Women's Amateur. Golf Magazine ranked her the No. 1 collegiate player for 1981.

Professional career[edit]

In 1982, Rizzo joined the LPGA Tour where she earned Rookie of the Year honors. She played on the Tour regularly for 10 years during which time she won four tournaments.

Growing disenchanted with pro golf, Rizzo quit the LPGA in 1991. After not playing any golf at all for several months, Rizzo accepted an invitation to play in a LPGA of Japan Tour event. Rizzo won it and soon afterwards accepted a one-year exemption to play the LPGA of Japan Tour.[1] Rizzo won three tournaments in Japan in 1992, bringing her total victories there to nine.

Rizzo was the head coach of the Barry University women's golf program from 2004 until 2010 when she became coach at the University of Miami.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

LPGA Tour (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
1 Aug 7, 1983 Boston Five Classic −11 (66-70-73-68=277) 2 strokes Australia Jane Lock
2 May 26, 1985 LPGA Corning Classic −16 (69-68-64-71=272) 1 stroke Australia Jane Crafter
3 May 1, 1988 Sara Lee Classic −9 (70-70-67=207) Playoff United States Tammie Green
United States Sherri Turner
United States Kim Williams
4 Apr 9, 1989 Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Classic −7 (73-67-68-69=277) 2 strokes United States Martha Nause

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1988 Sara Lee Classic United States Tammie Green
United States Sherri Turner
United States Kim Williams
Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Green and Williams eliminated with par on first hole

LPGA of Japan Tour (9)[edit]

  • 1985 (1) Daioh Seishi Elleair Ladies
  • 1986 (1) Takara Invitational
  • 1988 (2) Takara Invitational, Daioh Seishi Elleair Ladies
  • 1989 (1) Daikin Orchid Ladies
  • 1991 (1) Tokai Classic
  • 1992 (3) Nasuogawa Ladies, Takara Invitational, Fujitsu Ladies

Other (2)[edit]

  • 1985 (1) Sun City International
  • 1989 (1) Mazda Champions (with Mike Hill)

Team appearances[edit]



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