With golf becoming a bigger and more popular sport, new people are paying attention to professional golfers. And as golf becomes more popular among women, famous female golfers are stepping into the spotlight. If you are new to golf, and would like to know more about the world’s big professional female golfers, read on!
When you think of famous female golfers, you might think of Michelle Wie. Michelle Wie gained the most attention when, at the age of 15, she became the first female golfer to qualify for a USGA national men’s tournament. On October 5, 2005, she announced that she was going professional, reportedly signing contracts with Sony and Nike worth more than $10,000,000 per year. She also pledged $500,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief at that time.
Another one of the famous female golfers you might have heard of is Annika Sorenstam. Born in Sweden in 1970, Sorenstam was always athletic. She participated in tennis, skiing and football before becoming a professional golfer in 1992. She is now one of the most successful female golfers in history, having won 69 official LPGA tournaments including 10 majors.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias is possibly a name you haven’t heard, but she is among the most famous female golfers. Born in Texas in 1911, she was America’s first female golf celebrity and the leading player of the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1950 she had her greatest year, completing the Gram Slam of the three women’s majors of the day, while also leading the money list.
When it comes to women golfers, Nancy Lopez is right there at the top. Born in California in 1957, Nancy is one of the most accomplished famous female golfers. Her first year on the LPGA tour, she won nine tournaments. She was also named Player of the Year and Rookie of the year in the same season, the only professional female golfer to have done this to date.
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