Rolex Rankings keeps a top 10 list of the best players for each week based on calculations from the eight major tours, so you can check those scores out if you’re looking for the most recent data. However, some of the best women’s players in history aren’t on the list. Just some ladies commonly referred to as the best include:
Oftentimes considered the best player ever, Mickey Wright secured an impressive 82 wins, with 13 majors, all before retiring at 34. She first played in the LPGA tour in 1955 and was named the Female Athlete of the Year twice in the 1960s by the Associated Press. In 1964, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Some say that Mickey Wright was the best until Swedish player Annika Sörenstam came along. Now retired, she won 90 international tournaments in her career and is a 72-time winner in the LPGA Tour. In 2003, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Whitworth has claimed the title to 88 LPGA Tour events, which makes her the one person with the most wins in a single tour. In 1981, she was the first woman to earn $1 million in her career. She, too, was named the Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press twice in the 60s, and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Zharias also has an impressive record, including playing four PGA Tour events (yes, against men) in 1945 and qualifying for three of them. The Associated Press named her the Female Athlete of the Year six times, and in 1951, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Golf is not just a man’s sport—nor has it ever been. With women fast-adopting the sport, there are numerous opportunities for ladies. Tell us: Do you play golf or have plans to learn?