Wright, whose 82 victories ranks 2nd all-time on the women’s tour, had suffered a heart attack after having been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall
Mickey Wright, whose graceful swing symbolized one of the most prolific winners in LPGA history, died Monday of a heart attack in Stuart, Fla., according to The Associated Press. She was 85 and had been hospitalized in recent weeks after a fall.
Wright won 82 times on the LPGA, ranking second on the women’s tour only to Kathy Whitworth, who won 88. In 1999, Wright was named “Female Golfer of the Century” by the AP. Former champions Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson were quoted as saying that Wright had the best swing they ever saw.
Whitworth told Morning Read contributor Bill Fields for a story on espnW.com in 2015: “She was the best I’ve ever seen, man or woman. I’ve had the privilege of playing with Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and all of them. And some of our ladies had wonderful swings. But nobody hit it like Mickey, just nobody.”
Wright’s 13 major championships ranked second only to Patty Berg’s 15. Wright won 13 times in 1963, the most victories in a season on the LPGA. She held four major championships at the same time, having won the last two majors in 1961 and the first two in 1962. She won LPGA tournaments in 14 consecutive seasons (1956-69).
Wright, a San Diego native who lived in south Florida since 1974, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976. She survived breast cancer in 2007.
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