Flower Mound, Texas – Golfer Kathy Whitworth, who won more golfing championships in her career than any golfer ever, died on Saturday at the age of 83.
Whitworth accumulated 88 victories on tour over her illustrious pro career, which stretched from 1958-2005.
Over time, the legendary golfer won six LPGA major championships. That included three Women’s PGA Championships (1967, 1971, 1975), two Titleholders Championships (1965, 1966), and one Western Open victory in 1967. Whitworth was named the LPGA Tour Player of the Year seven times (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, and 1973).
Additionally, she was named the AP’s Female Athlete of the Year twice: Once in 1965, the other the year after in 1966. In 1965, she won eight tournaments including one major. She would follow in 1966 with nine, including another major.
Whitworth was immortalized in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975. She has one of the most famous records in golf: 88 victories over a span of 23 years, an average of 3.8 victories per season starting with the Kelly Girl Open and ending with the United Virginia Bank Classic. In three decades, Kathrynne Ann Whitworth surpassed the victory totals of Mickey Wright (82) and Sam Snead (82) to lodge herself atop the category of Most Tournament Victories by any golfing Professional.
Whitworth, in 1981, became the first woman in golf history to earn $1 million in 1981.