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Patty Sheehan

Patty Sheehan with the AIG Women

One of the greatest female players in history, Patty Sheehan's career in the game of golf is remarkable.

Born in Vermont in 1956, Sheehan turned professional in 1980 and wasted no time in taking the LPGA Tour by storm. She won he first tournament in November of 1981 and earned LPGA Rookie of the Year honours. Two and a half years later, she won her 12th LPGA title at the Inamori Classic, which included two majors with back-to-back LPGA Championships in 1983 and 1984. The latter of these was by an astonishing 10 strokes.

Sheehan claimed 26 LPGA Tour titles in her first 12 years on Tour, yet surprisingly the two LPGA Championships stood as her only majors. However, after a near two-year stretch with just one win, the American star entered her career's purple patch. Sheehan won three times in a month, including defeating Juli Inkster in a playoff to claim her national Open, her third major.

Sheehan then travelled to play the AIG Women's Open in September at Woburn, and was the class of the field in a Championship reduced to 54 holes due to a second day wash out, beating Corinne Dibnah by three strokes and finishing her three rounds at a superb 12 under par. The title was Sheehan's first on the LET and her 30th overall between the LET and LPGA.

Sheehan then continued the Indian summer of her career by winning three more majors and finishing with six overall, claiming a third LPGA Championship, second US Women's Open and first Chevron Championship, all by a single stroke.

Sheehan's 35 LPGA titles rank 13th in history, and her six majors rank 10th all time.