Rachel Hetherington

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Rachel Hetherington
Personal information
Born (1972-04-23) 23 April 1972 (age 49)
Port Macquarie, Australia
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceBrisbane, Australia
Career
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1997)
ALPG Tour (joined 1994)
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour (1994–96)
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour8
Ladies European Tour3
Other1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT2: 2001
Women's PGA C'shipT3: 2003
U.S. Women's OpenT8: 2006
du Maurier ClassicT16: 1997, 2000
Women's British Open2nd: 2004

Rachel Hetherington (born 23 April 1972) is an Australian professional golfer playing on the American LPGA Tour. Hetherington played under her married name, Rachel Teske, from 2001–04.

Career overview[edit]

Hetherington was born in Port Macquarie, Australia. One of the greatest golfers to come out of Australia, she had a very impressive career as an amateur. She was the New South Wales Junior Champion from 1989–92. In 1992, she won the New South Wales Amateur Open and the Tasmanian Amateur Open.

Hetherington joined the LPGA Tour in 1997, making the cut in 25 of the 28 tournaments she played that year. Her greatest year to date was 2003, when she won twice (earning back-to-back titles for the second time in her career), finished in the top ten 11 times and earned over $900,000 in prize money. She has won 8 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, the last coming in 2003.

Hetherington married former Australian Test cricketer Greg Ritchie in January 2009. Both Hetherington and Ritchie live in Florida, United States. She is active in promoting awareness for breast cancer research.

Professional wins (11)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 Sep 1998 First Union Betsy King Classic −14 (69-66-70-69=274) Playoff Sweden Annika Sörenstam
2 25 Apr 1999 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship −12 (67-67-70=204) Playoff Canada Lorie Kane
3 2 May 1999 City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic −7 (69-68=137) 1 stroke Sweden Helen Alfredsson
United States Leta Lindley
Australia Karrie Webb
4 16 Jun 2001 Evian Masters1 −15 (71-68-66-68=273) 1 stroke Sweden Maria Hjorth
5 17 Mar 2002 PING Banner Health −7 (70-69-71-71=281) Playoff Sweden Annika Sörenstam
6 14 Jul 2002 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic −14 (67-73-64-66=270) 2 strokes United States Beth Bauer
7 15 Jun 2003 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic −12 (70-65-69=204) Playoff Canada Lorie Kane
Philippines Jennifer Rosales
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
8 22 Jun 2003 Wegmans Rochester LPGA −11 (69-68-72-68=277) 4 strokes Mexico Lorena Ochoa

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1998 First Union Betsy King Classic Sweden Annika Sörenstam Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1999 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship Canada Lori Kane Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2000 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Sweden Annika Sörenstam Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 2002 PING Banner Health Sweden Annika Sörenstam Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 2003 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic Canada Lorie Kane
Philippines Jennifer Rosales
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
Won with birdie on third extra hole

Ladies European Tour wins (3)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

1 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T59 T21 T62
LPGA Championship T60 T30 T42 CUT
U.S. Women's Open CUT T53 CUT
du Maurier Classic T16 T16
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Kraft Nabisco Championship T2 T65 T48 T35 T39 T42 CUT T31 T56
LPGA Championship T17 T15 T3 T49 T42 T34 T59 T46 CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open CUT T12 T13 T10 T31 T8 CUT T42 CUT
Women's British Open ^ CUT T18 T46 2 T42 69 T55 T69

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 48
  • Wins – 0
  • 2nd-place finishes – 2
  • 3rd-place finishes – 1
  • Top 3 finishes – 3
  • Top 5 finishes – 3
  • Top 10 finishes – 5
  • Top 25 finishes – 13
  • Missed cuts – 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 20
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

  • World Cup (representing Australia): 2005, 2006
  • The Queens (representing Australia): 2015 (captain), 2016 (captain), 2017

External links[edit]