After the sad demise of Kobe Bryant, the basketball world suffered a huge loss, even though the legendary player did quit the MBA for quite some time. Now after the world of basketball, it’s the world of Golf that has been dealt a terrible blow. Golf legend and one of the most successful women golfers of all time, Mickey Wright has passed away at the age of 85.
The American golfer won 13 major and a whopping 82 LGPA Tour titles which is just a little shy behind Patty Berg who holds 15 major titles to her name. Wright was considered as the most significant force to topple the world of golf during the 1950s and 1960 winning four US Women’s open and Four Women’s PGA Championship during the decade.
She did retire at a pretty early age of 34 in 1969 and has been out of the game since then. “We lost a legend, but we may also have lost the best swing in golf history today,” LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said on the organization’s website. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends”, he further adds.
Several dignitaries and players all around the world paid their respects for the golfer. US player Kathy Whitworth, who beats Wright by a hair holds 88 LPGA titles to her name said “Today the golf world lost one of its greatest champions. She contributed so much to my career success and to my life as well. “What a blessing to play alongside Mickey. It was impossible to be around her without knowing she was someone very special.”
Wright was born in San Diego on February 14th, 1935 before turning pro in 1954 after spending a total of a year at Stanford. Wright than lead a successful career in golf as she won her first majors in 1958 and then went on to become a golfing powerhouse in the game as she broke her way to the Hall of Fame in 1976.