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Mickey Wright
Wright in 1965
Personal information
Full name Mary Kathryn Wright
Nickname Mickey
Born (1935-02-14)February 14, 1935
San Diego, California, U.S.
Died February 17, 2020(2020-02-17) (aged 85)
Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Port St. Lucie, Florida
College Stanford University
(one year)
Turned professional 1954
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1955)
Professional wins 90
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 82 (2nd all time)
Other 8
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 13)
Western Open Won: 1962, 1963, 1966
Titleholders C'ship Won: 1961, 1962
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T66: 1984
LPGA Championship Won: 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963
U.S. Women's Open Won: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1976
Money Winner
1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
LPGA Vare Trophy 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964
Associated Press
Female Athlete of the Year
1963, 1964
Bob Jones Award 2010
PGA of America
Hall of Fame

Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright (February 14, 1935 – February 17, 2020) was an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour. She became a member of the tour in 1955 and won 82 LPGA Tour career events including 13 major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Early life and amateur career

Wright was born on February 14, 1935, 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.

Professional career

Mickey Wright 1960
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 to 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 her swing was the best he had ever seen.

Wright 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 lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and played recreational golf occasionally. She was a breast cancer survivor.


Wright died on February 17, 2020, from a heart attack at the age of 85. At the time, she had been hospitalized following a fall a few weeks prior.


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, she was chosen as 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)

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 Uruguay Fay Crocker
1958 U.S. Women's Open −2 (74-72-70-74=290) 5 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1959 U.S. Women's Open +7 (72-75-69-71=287) 2 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1960 LPGA Championship −4 (71-76-74-71=292) 3 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1961 Titleholders Championship +11 (72-75-76-76=299) 1 stroke United States Patty Berg, United States Louise Suggs
1961 U.S. Women's Open +5 (72-80-69-72=293) 6 strokes United States Betsy Rawls
1961 LPGA Championship +3 (67-77-72-71=287) 9 strokes United States Louise Suggs
1962 Titleholders Championship +7 (73-75-70-77=295) Playoff1 United States Ruth Jessen
1962 Women's Western Open +7 (69-74-76-76=295) Playoff2 United States Mary Lena Faulk
1963 Women's Western Open −4 (78-70-71-73=292) 9 strokes United States Kathy Whitworth
1963 LPGA Championship +10 (72-82-70-70=294) 2 strokes United States Mary Lena Faulk, United States Mary Mills, United States Louise Suggs
1964 U.S. Women's Open −2 (71-71-75-73=290) Playoff3 United States Ruth Jessen
1966 Women's Western Open +2 (72-78-76-76=302) 1 stroke United States Jo Ann Prentice, Australia 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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