10. Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb is one of the most decorated golfers of the modern era, with an impressive career that includes numerous achievements and tournament victories.
She has won a total of seven career majors and 41 LPGA tour titles, as well as 13 Australian, 15 European, and 3 Japanese events.
Her major victories include the Chevron Championship in 2000 and 2006, the Women’s PGA Championship in 2001, the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 and 2001, the du Maurier Classic in 1999, and the Women’s British Open in 2002.
In addition to her on-course success, Webb has been recognized with various awards and honors, including inductions into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Hall of Fame.
9. Babe Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a pioneering figure in women’s sports and a highly accomplished golfer. She is best known for her achievements in golf, where she won 82 tournaments throughout her career, including 17 in a row at one point.
Some of her most notable accomplishments include being a founding member of the LPGA Tour in 1950, winning the 1954 Vare Trophy for the season’s best average, and being inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1951, the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.
She also won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Open, becoming one of only two players to achieve this feat. Additionally, she set a record of 12 shots as the biggest victory margin in the 1954 Women’s Open-Salem.
In addition to her golf success, Babe was also a talented track and field athlete and basketball player. She won gold medals in the javelin throw and the 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Summer Olympics and was named “Wonder Girl” by Grantland Rice after her performance in the games.
Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953, Babe continued to play golf and even won the U.S. Women’s Open in Salem, Massachusetts, just three months after her surgery.
She passed away in 1956 due to the cancer that had spread throughout her body.
8. JoAnne Carner
JoAnne Carner, also known as “Big Mama,” is a former professional golfer who has won 49 professional tournaments, including 43 on the LPGA Tour.
She is the only woman to have won the U.S. Girls’ Junior, U.S. Women’s Amateur, and U.S. Women’s Open. She has won two U.S. Women’s Opens, in 1971 and 1976, and led after each round in 1971.
She has also won five U.S. Women’s Amateurs and set the women’s record for most USGA championships won with eight titles to her credit.
Carner was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982 and the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 1992. She was the second player in LPGA history to reach $1 million in career earnings.
JoAnne Carner is still active in golf and has participated in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in recent years. In 2023, at the age of 84, she shot eight-over 80 during the first round of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, bettering her age by four shots.
7. Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez is a legendary American professional golfer with numerous achievements and accolades.
She has won 48 LPGA tour titles, which include three major victories at the LPGA Championship in the years 1978, 1985, and 1989.
Her exceptional performance has earned her the title of LPGA Player of the Year four times and the Vare Trophy three times.
In addition to these, she has been a two-time U.S. Solheim Cup champion and was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1978.
Her contributions to the sport were recognized in 1987 when she was inducted into both the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.
In 2005, she was named the captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team and led the team to a three-point victory, successfully regaining the Cup from Europe.
Nancy Lopez’s impact on women’s golf and her significant contributions to the sport have solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in golf history.
6. Betsy Rawls
Betsy Rawls was a highly accomplished American professional golfer known for her numerous achievements, tournament wins, and majors.
She has 55 LPGA Tour victories, which include eight major championships. She set a record by winning the U.S. Women’s Open four times.
Her victories also include winning the Women’s PGA Championship in 1959 and 1969, and the Western Open in 1952 and 1959. She served the golf community as the LPGA president from 1961 to 1962 and later as the tournament director from 1975 to 1981.
Her contributions to the sport were recognized with her induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1960 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. She was the recipient of the 1996 Bob Jones Award from the USGA. In 2000, she was awarded the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary Commissioner’s Award.
Betsy Rawls’ accomplishments and her impact on women’s golf solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in golf history.
Louise Suggs was a highly accomplished American professional golfer known for her numerous achievements, tournament wins, and majors.
She won 61 LPGA Tour events and 11 major championships, which include the U.S. Women’s Open in 1949 and 1952.
She was awarded the Vare Trophy in 1957 for her low scoring average. In addition to these, she was a founding member of the LPGA Tour in 1950 and served as its president from 1955 to 1957.
Her contributions to the sport were recognized with her induction into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in 1951 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1979.
Louise Suggs’ accomplishments and her impact on women’s golf solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in golf history.
4. Patty Berg
Patty Berg was a pioneering American golfer and the first president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
She has 60 LPGA Tour victories, including a record 15 major women’s championships, the most of all time. Her notable victories include the first U.S. Women’s Open, the Titleholders Championships, and the Women’s Western Open.
Her best achievements, tournaments won, majors, and career highlights include being the winner of more than 80
She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1951, the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 1978, the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and the All-American Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1991.
She is also the recipient of the Patty Berg Award for outstanding contributions to women’s golf, established by the LPGA in 1978.
3. Kathy Whitworth
Kathy Whitworth, an American professional golfer, achieved numerous milestones and accolades throughout her career.
She won 88 LPGA Tour tournaments. Whitworth’s victories included six major championships, with three KPMG Women’s PGA Championships in 1967, 1971, and 1975.
She was a seven-time LPGA Player of the Year and won the Vare Trophy for lowest stroke average. Whitworth was named the Female Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press in 1965 and 1966.
She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.
2. Mickey Wright
Mickey Wright, an American golfer, achieved numerous milestones and accolades throughout her career. She won 82 LPGA Tour events and 13 major championships, including four U.S. Women’s Open titles.
She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1964 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976. She won 13 times during the 1963 season, including two majors, setting an LPGA record that still stands today.
She was named Female Golfer of the Century by the Associated Press in 1999 and recognized as one of Golf Digest’s 50 greatest golfers of all time.
Mickey Wright’s remarkable career and her significant impact on the sport of golf have solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in the history of women’s golf.
1. Annika Sörenstam
Annika Sörenstam, a Swedish-born American golfer, is widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time.
Her best achievements, tournaments won, and career highlights include winning 72 LPGA Tour events and 10 major championships, including the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995, 1996, and 2006, and the Women’s PGA Championship in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
She set numerous records, including becoming the first woman to shoot a 59 in a round of a professional tournament and the first woman in 58 years to play in a men’s Professional Golf Association (PGA) event.
She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
She received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2021, the Bob Jones Award in 2012, and the Old Tom Morris Award in 2014.
She founded the ANNIKA Foundation, which provides golf opportunities at the junior, collegiate, and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Annika Sörenstam’s remarkable career and her significant impact on the sport of golf have solidified her legacy as one of the all-time greats in the history of women’s golf.