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Kathy Whitworth, Who Won 88 LPGA Tour Tournaments Dies Aged 83

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The winningest golfer in history, Kathy Whitworth, died at the age of 83. On Sunday, December 26, 2022, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced the saddening piece of news on the internet, and ever since, tributary posts and condolence messages have poured in for the woman. Kathy’s longtime partner  Bettye Odle said that Whitworth died all of a sudden on Saturday night while she was celebrating Christmas Eve with friends and family. Let us find out what happened to her in the article below. Read the full article and grab all the details here.

Kathy Whitworth Who Won 88 LPGA Tour Tournaments Dies

Tributes To Kathy Whitworth

Releasing a statement Odle said that Kathy left this world the way she lived her life, laughing, creating memories, and laughing. However, she did not reveal her cause of death. Kathy was a champion in the truest sense, both on the golf course and off, said LGPA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan.

Adding further, Mollie said that she was truly blown away by her and her approach to the game and to life and added that her strength, vibrancy, and insightfulness, were obvious from the minute anyone met her. Talking further about her, she said that Kathy was inspired as a young girl and that now as the commissioner and she knows that she did the same for so many others. “We all mourn with Bettye, her family, and the entire golf world”, added Mollie.

Who Was Kathy Whitworth?

Now, discussing who was Kathy Whitworth, one of the best golfers of all time is Whitworth. She has 88 victories on the LPGA Tour, including six major titles. She currently holds the record for the men’s game with 88 victories, six more than Sam Snead and Tiger Woods. Whitworth became the first golfer on the LPGA to surpass $1 million in earnings in 1981. She was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame a year later. In an eight-year span (1966 through 1973), Kathy was the LGPA player of the year seven times.

She was the top money earner in eight seasons and seven times the Vare Trophy winner for the lowest scoring average. But she could only be recognized by the number 88. Snead set a record with 82 victories on the PGA Tour, which Woods has since surpassed. While Sorenstam had 72 victories when she retired after the 2006 season at the age of 36, Wright had won 82 times on the LPGA Tour. According to Betsy Rawls, who once spoke to Golf Digest, Mickey had the best swing and was likely the greatest golfer.

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