Mickey Wright is confirmed dead at the age of 85.
Mickey was best known as a American Hall of Fame golfer.
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Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright dies at 85
Mickey Wright
Mickey Wright 1965.jpg
Wright in 1965
Personal information
Full nameMary Kathryn Wright
NicknameMickey
Born(1935-02-14)February 14, 1935
San Diego, California, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 2020(2020-02-17) (aged 85)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality United States
ResidencePort St. Lucie, Florida
Career
CollegeStanford University
(one year)
Turned professional1954
Retired1969
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1955)
Professional wins90
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour82 (2nd all time)
Other8
Best results in LPGA major championships
(wins: 13)
Western OpenWon: 1962, 1963, 1966
Titleholders C'shipWon: 1961, 1962
ANA InspirationT66: 1984
Women's PGA C'shipWon: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame1964 (member page)
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
LPGA Vare Trophy1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1963, 1964
Bob Jones Award2010
PGA of America
Hall of Fame
2017
Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright (February 14, 1935 - 17 February 2020) was an American former LPGA Tour professional golfer. She became a member of the tour in 1955 and won thirteen major championships and 82 LPGA Tour career events. She was a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Joins LPGA Tour
3 Legacy
4 Notable amateur wins
5 Professional wins (90)
5.1 LPGA Tour (82)
5.2 Other wins (8)
6 Major championships
6.1 Wins (13)
7 See also
8 References
9 External links
Early life
Wright was born in San Diego, California, where she attended Herbert Hoover High School. Her first important title was the 1952 U.S. Girls' Junior. She attended Stanford University and played for its golf team, but left before graduation. She lost in the final of the 1954 U.S. Women's Amateur, won the 1954 World Amateur Championship, and turned professional later in 1954.
Joins LPGA Tour
Wright in 1960
Wright joined the LPGA Tour in 1955. She won 82 events on the LPGA Tour, which puts her second on the all-time win list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88 times. Thirteen of her victories were in major championships, which places her second to Patty Berg, who won fifteen majors. Wright topped the LPGA money list for four consecutive seasons from 1961–1964 and made the top ten on the list thirteen times in total between 1956 and 1969. Wright won at least one LPGA title for 14 straight seasons, from 1956 to 1969.
At the inaugural Tall City Open in 1964, Wright shot a 62 in the third and final round. It was the lowest score in LPGA Tour history at that time, at a course (Hogan Park in Midland, Texas) on which the men's record, at the time, was 66. Wright's Tall City Open win is also tied for the largest final round comeback (10 shots) in LPGA history.
Wright was coached by Harry Pressler. Ben Hogan said Wright's swing was the best he had ever seen.
She retired from full-time golf at age 34 in 1969, because of problems with her feet, but did compete occasionally after that. She won 13 majors between 1958 and 1966, and she is the only player in LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time. She now lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and plays recreational golf occasionally. She is a breast cancer survivor.
Legacy
In 2000, Wright was ranked as the ninth greatest golfer of all time, and the top woman golfer, by Golf Digest magazine. In a major 2009 survey of experts, published by Golf Magazine, Wright was chosen the eighth best player of all time, and the top woman player of all time. She was inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 2017.
Notable amateur wins
1952 U.S. Girls' Junior
1954 World Amateur Championship
Professional wins (90)
LPGA Tour (82)
1956 (1) Jacksonville Open
1957 (3) Sea Island Open, Jacksonville Open, Wolverine Open
1958 (5) Sea Island Open, LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, Opie Turner Open, Dallas Open
1959 (4) Jacksonville Open, Cavalier Open, U.S. Women's Open, Alliance Machine International Open
1960 (6) Sea Island Open, Tampa Open, LPGA Championship, Grossinger Open, Eastern Open, Memphis Open
1961 (10) St. Petersburg Open, Miami Open, Titleholders Championship, Columbus Open, U.S. Women's Open, Waterloo Open, Spokane Women's Open, Sacramento Valley Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship
1962 (10) Sea Island Women's Invitational, Titleholders Championship, Women's Western Open, Milwaukee Open, Heart of America Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Salt Lake City Open, Spokane Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, Carlsbad Cavern Open
1963 (13) Sea Island Women's Invitational, St. Petersburg Women's Open, Alpine Civitan Open, Muskogee Civitan Open, Dallas Civitan Open, Babe Zaharias Open, Women's Western Open, Waterloo Women's Open Invitational, Albuquerque Swing Parade, Idaho Centennial Ladies' Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Mickey Wright Invitational, LPGA Championship
1964 (11) Peach Blossom Invitational, Clifford Ann Creed Invitational, Squirt Ladies' Open Invitational, Muskogee Civitan Open, Lady Carling Eastern Open, Waldemar Open, U.S. Women's Open, Milwaukee Jaycee Open, Visalia Ladies' Open, Tall City Open, Mary Mills Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational
1965 (2) Baton Rouge Invitational, Dallas Civitan Open
1966 (7) Venice Ladies Open, Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational, Bluegrass Ladies Invitational, Women's Western Open, Pacific Ladies' Classic, Shirley Englehorn Invitational, Mickey Wright Invitational
1967 (4) Shreveport Kiwanis Club Invitational, Bluegrass Invitational, Lady Carling Open (Maryland), Pensacola Ladies Invitational
1968 (4) Port Malabar Invitational, Palm Beach County Open, Tall City Open, 500 Ladies Classic
1969 (1) Bluegrass Invitational
1973 (1) Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle
Note: Wright won the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle (now known as the ANA Inspiration) before it became a major championship.
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Other wins (8)
1959 Hoosier Celebrity
1961 Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome (with Dave Ragan)
1962 Naples Pro-Am (with Marilynn Smith)
1963 Haig & Haig Scotch Foursome (with Dave Ragan), Shell's Wonderful World of Golf
1966 Ladies World Series of Golf, Shell's Wonderful World of Golf
1967 Seven Lakes Invitational
Major championships
Wins (13)
Year
Championship
Winning score
Margin
Runner(s)-up
1958
LPGA Championship
+8 (69-69-76-74=288)
6 strokes
Fay Crocker
1958
U.S. Women's Open
−2 (74-72-70-74=290)
5 strokes
Louise Suggs
1959
U.S. Women's Open
+7 (72-75-69-71=287)
2 strokes
Louise Suggs
1960
LPGA Championship
−4 (71-76-74-71=292)
3 strokes
Louise Suggs
1961
Titleholders Championship
+11 (72-75-76-76=299)
1 stroke
Patty Berg, Louise Suggs
1961
U.S. Women's Open
+5 (72-80-69-72=293)
6 strokes
Betsy Rawls
1961
LPGA Championship
+3 (67-77-72-71=287)
9 strokes
Louise Suggs
1962
Titleholders Championship
+7 (73-75-70-77=295)
Playoff1
Ruth Jessen
1962
Women's Western Open
+7 (69-74-76-76=295)
Playoff2
Mary Lena Faulk
1963
Women's Western Open
−4 (78-70-71-73=292)
9 strokes
Kathy Whitworth
1963
LPGA Championship
+10 (72-82-70-70=294)
2 strokes
Mary Lena Faulk, Mary Mills, Louise Suggs
1964
U.S. Women's Open
−2 (71-71-75-73=290)
Playoff3
Ruth Jessen
1966
Women's Western Open
+2 (72-78-76-76=302)
1 stroke
Jo Ann Prentice, Margie Masters
1 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 69, Jessen 72.
2 Wright won on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
3 In an 18-hole playoff, Wright 70, Jessen 72.
See also
List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins
List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins
Women's Career Grand Slam Champion
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