One of the most successful women’s golfers of all time, Mickey Wright, has died at the age of 85. The American won 13 majors and 82 LPGA Tour titles to sit second on the all-time women’s major list behind countrywoman Patty Berg (15), who died in 2006.
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Wright was born in San Diego on February 14, 1935 and turned pro in 1954 after spending one year at Stanford University.
She joined the LPGA Tour the following year and won her first title at the 1956 Jacksonville Open. She clinched her first two majors in 1958 and went on to become a powerhouse in the game, earning entry to the Hall of Fame in 1976