The pro golfer that notched the most wins EVER on tour is dead.
I have to be honest… I am an avid golfer and a huge golf fan, and I cannot ever remember hearing the woman’s name before today.
Kathy Whitworth, who won 88 tour events, is dead at the age of 83.
The Legend Nobody Knows
That may be a bit exaggerated, but I would challenge anyone but the most diehard fans to remember this woman.
It just goes to show the disparity in men’s and women’s sports when it comes to public profile and popularity.
Whitworth won her first title at the Kelly Girls Open in 1962, well before I was born. She also won six majors and broke Mickey Wright’s record of 82 wins when she won the Lady Michelob in 1982.
Her last win was during my senior year in high school in 1985 at the United Virginia Bank Classic.
Whitworth once stated, “Winning never got old.”
In 1981, she became the first woman to earn $1 million on tour, stating, “I would have swapped being the first to make a million for winning the Open, but it was a consolation which took some of the sting out of not winning.”
Whitworth took the title of AP Female Athlete of the Year in 1965 and 1967, and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.
Additionally, she was named the LPGA Player of the Year seven times over an eight-year span, absolutely dominating the women’s tour at the time.
Her number is 88, however, for her total wins. More than Sam Snead (82), Tiger Woods (82), Mickey Wright (82), and Anika Sorenstam (72).
Had Sorenstam stuck around longer (she retired at age 36), she surely would have broken that record, but she didn’t, so Whitworth is the only number 88 in the sport.
Source: New York Post