Good Girls: 5 of the Best Female Golfers Ever

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This one's for the ladies – we're profiling the best women ever to hit the links. There are plenty of standout ladies in the sport, so these are just a few.

 

Dorothy Campbell

Credit Campbell with initiating ladies into the sport. Born in 1883, the Scottish lass became the first woman ever to win the American, British and Canadian Women's Amateurs. She left golf for more than a decade to focus on her family, then at nearly 40, took 10 months to rebuild her swing and grip. She went on to win yet another U.S. Women's Pro Am.

 

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

After winning two gold medals and a silver in track and field at the 1932 Olympics, "The Babe" took up golf in 1935. Ten years later, she played in four PGA Tour events, making the cut for three – no other woman to date can claim that success.

 

Judy Rankin

At the tender age of 14, Rankin won the Missouri Amateur, then scored the cover of Sports Illustrated two years later. She topped the money list for the LPGA tour in 1976 and 1977 and became the first to win more than $100,000 in one season.

 

Mickey Wright

Mickey will blow your mind – she's won 90 times professionally and posted double-digit wins in four years straight. She even racked up some of those wins after she "retired" from the sport!

 

Annika Sorenstam

Perhaps the best modern player, this successful Swede was the only woman to break 60 in a major event. She's amassed 89 worldwide victories and won the award for the lowest-scoring average in a season – six times! Like Rankin, she made major bank during her career, amassing more than $20 million in LPGA career earnings!

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