Mickey Wright, the golf excellent with a magnificent swing who won 13 majors among her 82 victories and provided the new LPGA an essential lift, died Monday of a cardiovascular disease. She was 85.
She had actually been hospitalized in Florida the last few weeks after a fall, said her lawyer, Sonia Pawluc.
Wright joined the LPGA in 1955 and the Hall of Famer’s 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won88 The Associated Press in 1999 named Wright the Female Golf Enthusiast of the Century and Female Professional Athlete of the Year in 1963 and 1964.
A Golf Magazine poll of professionals in 2009 called her the finest female golf enthusiast ever, and men’s champions Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson said Wright had the finest swing they ever saw.
” She was the finest I’ve ever seen, male or lady,” Whitworth told espnW.com in2015 “I’ve had the privilege of playing with Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and all of them. And a few of our women had fantastic swings. But nobody hit it like Mickey, simply no one.”
Mary Kathryn Wright was born in San Diego on Feb. 14,1935 She began playing golf seriously at age 11 and in 1952 at 17 won the USGA Women’ Junior Championship. In 1954, she won the World Amateur.
She studied psychology for a year at Stanford prior to dropping out in 1955 to pursue a professional golf career.
” I’ve earned my own variation of a master’s degree in psychology in research study and experience, experimentation, on golf courses throughout the United States. For psychology … is as important a part of great golf as an effective swing,” she said, according to the World Golf Hall of Popularity. She was inducted in 1976.
Her first competition win can be found in 1956 in Jacksonville, Florida, and by 1961 she was dominating the tour, winning a minimum of 10 tournaments every year from 1961 to1964 Among her major wins were 4 U.S. Opens and four LPGA Championships.
Wright retired from the tour in 1969 since of foot problems and mental tiredness: she was the greatest make use of the LPGA Trip and played constantly to assist it thrive.
” It was a great deal of pressure to be in contention week after week for five or 6 years,” Wright informed Golf World in2000 “I guess they call it burnout now, but it used me out. Unless you’re a golf player, you can’t comprehend the stress and pressure of competition play. And it was the expectations: It was constantly, ‘What’s wrong with your game? ‘Are you splitting up?’ 2nd or third isn’t bad, but it feels bad when you’ve won 44 tournaments in 4 years.”
Whitworth stated her pal and competitor had to play almost weekly for the trip to survive.
” Sponsors threatened to cancel their competitions if she didn’t play. And, understanding that if they canceled, the rest people would not be able to play, Mickey would constantly play,” Whitworth stated.
Wright’s last competition triumph came four years after leaving the tour, the 1973 Colgate-Dinah Coast Winner’s Circle. That was prior to that tournament was thought about a major.
Wright moved to Stuart, Florida, in 1974, where she lived the rest of her life. She endured breast cancer in 2007.
The Stuart News in 2012 said Wright invested most days gardening, fishing and playing the stock market and crossword puzzles. For golf, she struck wedges off a practice mat on her outdoor patio onto the 14 th fairway of an adjoining club.
Support The Smilington Post
Help us tell more of the stories that matter">Buy one of our staff a latte!
When she contributed 200 products to the United States Golf Association in 2012, she said she disliked providing up that mat. The course ranger provided her a brand-new one.
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe