In Memoriam: Kathy Whitworth

Which golfer has the most tournament wins in one professional tour?

Tiger Woods, you say?

Nope. His 82 victories put him in a tie for second place with Sam Snead.

Do I hear Jack Nicklaus?

Not even close with 73.

Or perhaps Annika Sorenstam?

No, she’s one shy of Nicklaus’ total with 72 wins.

The answer to the question is the recently deceased Kathy Whitworth who had 88 tour victories and over $1.7 million in career earnings in a career that stretched from the late 1950’s to the mid-1980’s. Whitworth added six majors to those 88 victories; oh, and she finished second 93 times. Whitworth was LPGA Player of the Year seven times, the top earner on the tour in eight years, and won the Vare Trophy seven times that is given to the golfer with the lowest scoring average for the year. Her first win was in 1962 and her last in 1985. The only accolade she lacked was a victory in the U.S. Women’s Open.

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