Professional golf is what shapes the sport nowadays. And women’s golf is not an exception. The success of the best female golfers in golf history is now encouraging the next generation of pro female golfers. Besides, their professional activity spreads the word about golf, making it more appealing to the public. Without further ado, let’s see which 5 female golfers are the most successful in the history of women’s tours!
- Annika Sörenstam. Sörenstam has posted some spectacular numbers. She won 90 international tournaments as a professional, which is the most wins among any other female golfer. Most importantly, she won 10 majors. But with golfers, the number of victories is not the only thing making them great athletes. During her career, Sörenstam earned the most amount of over $22 million, which is around $2 million ahead of Karrie Webb’s achievement. And Sörenstam played in 149 fewer events! She won a record eight Player of the Year awards. She is the only female golfer to score a 59 in competition. And this and much more makes Sörenstam the number one female golfer on our ranking.
- Mickey Wright. When golf was not as in-depth as now, Mickey Wright was one of the best if not the best female golfer. She won 13 majors and 82 LPGA Tour events. Despite her retirement from full time golf in 1969 at the age of 34 due to problems with her feet, she has shown some outstanding performance. Apart from her 13 won majors, she is the only golfer in the LPGA Tour history to hold all four major titles at the same time. Her achievements have earned her a place at the World Golf Hall of Fame. And at the same time, she earns the number two spot on our ranking!
- Kathy Whitworth. Although Whitworth didn’t win as many majors (6), she is the golfer with the most victories (88) in both LPGA and PGA Tours, meaning that no other female or even male golfer has reached such heights! In 1981, she became the first golfer on the LPGA to reach career earnings of $1 million. Like Wright, the number three best female golfer of all time is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Apart from her 10 major titles and 41 recognized Tour wins, Zaharias’ most spectacular achievement is that she participated in three PGA men’s events. In 1945, she played in four PGA Tours and made the 36-hole cut in three. That’s an accomplishment that no other female golfer has yet been able to achieve. Besides, no other woman competed against men during the subsequent six decades before Suzy Whaley, Annika Sörenstam, Michelle Wie. That’s what makes Zaharias the number four pick on the ranking.
- Nancy Lopez. Lopez won 48 LPGA Tour events, which was the most at her time. And that was with the tough competition of her fantastic era! But why is she in the number five spot? Lopez has only won 3 majors. Although she can be easily considered the number one female golfer of her golf era, the achievements of the golfers of future generations have somewhat overshadowed the peaks she has reached during her career. Nevertheless, she earns a solid position on our ranking!