Pat Bradley (golfer)
Pat Bradley (born March 24, 1951) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won 31 tour events, including six major championships. Bradley is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
|Full name||Pat Bradley|
|Born||March 24, 1951|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|College||Florida International University|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 1986|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1986|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1981|
|du Maurier Classic||Won: 1980, 1985, 1986|
|Women's British Open||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1991 (member page)|
Player of the Year
|LPGA Tour Vare Trophy||1986, 1991|
Player of the Year
|LPGA William and|
Mousie Powell Award
|LPGA Patty Berg Award||2001|
|NH Golf Hall of Fame||2018|
Early life and familyEdit
Born in Westford, Massachusetts, Bradley was the only daughter among six children of Richard and Kay Bradley. Her father was an avid golfer, and her brothers include Mark, a PGA club professional in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, whose son Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in 2011. The Bradleys were named "Golf Family of the Year" in 1989 by the National Golf Foundation.
Bradley won the New Hampshire Amateur in 1967 and 1969 and the New England Amateur from 1972-73. As a member of the Florida International University golf team, she was named an All-American in 1970. Bradley tied for 12th as an amateur at the 1973 Burdine's Invitational on the LPGA Tour.
Bradley joined the LPGA Tour in 1974 and got her first win at the Girl Talk Classic in 1976 (she also finished second six times that year). Her breakout year was 1978, when she won three times. Bradley's most fertile years came in the early to mid-1980s. She led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1986 (5). Her first major came at the 1980 Peter Jackson Classic, then she added the 1981 U.S. Women's Open and the du Maurier Classic in 1985.
In 1986, she won three of the four LPGA majors - the du Maurier Classic, Nabisco Dinah Shore, and LPGA Championship. She finished fifth in the U.S. Women's Open, three strokes back, to narrowly miss the grand slam. Bradley won the money title and Vare Trophy that year, as well. In 1988, she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, and she played 17 tournaments, but made the cut in only eight. But she returned to form in 1989, winning once. Three more wins followed in 1990.
Bradley won four times in 1991 and captured her second money and scoring titles, and also was named LPGA Tour Player of the Year for a second time. She was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. A New York Times survey of other LPGA Tour players published July 22, 1992 ranked Bradley as the tour's best long putter and best course manager as well as the best player on tour. The last of her LPGA victories came in 1995.
Sports psychologist Bob Rotella wrote in his 1996 book, Golf Is a Game of Confidence, that Bradley was the most mentally tough athlete he knew. She won a total of 31 tournaments on the LPGA Tour. She was the third woman, behind Mickey Wright and Louise Suggs, to have completed the LPGA "Career Grand Slam". Bradley played on three U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1996) and captained the team in 2000.
Bradley was inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame in 2018.
LPGA Tour (31)Edit
|LPGA Tour major championships (6)|
|Other LPGA Tour (25)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jun 6, 1976||Girl Talk Classic||+1 (72-73-72=217)||Playoff|| Bonnie Lauer|
|2||Jul 10, 1977||Bankers Trust Classic||−6 (75-68-70=213)||2 strokes|| JoAnne Carner|
|3||Jun 25, 1978||Lady Keystone Open||−10 (70-69-67=206)||4 strokes||Jane Blalock|
|4||Jul 30, 1978||Hoosier Classic||−10 (69-69-68=206)||3 strokes||JoAnne Carner|
|5||Sep 4, 1978||Rail Charity Classic||−12 (67-66-73-71=276)||4 strokes||Sharon Miller|
|6||Jul 20, 1980||Greater Baltimore Golf Classic||−13 (69-70-67=206)||1 stroke||Nancy Lopez|
|7||Aug 10, 1980||Peter Jackson Classic||−15 (65-72-69-71=277)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|8||Mar 29, 1981||Women's Kemper Open||E (71-75-68-70=284)||5 strokes||Debbie Massey|
|9||Jul 26, 1981||U.S. Women's Open||−9 (71-74-68-66=279)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|10||Jan 30, 1983||Mazda Classic of Deer Creek||−16 (68-69-69-66=272)||7 strokes||Beth Daniel|
|11||May 22, 1983||Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Classic||−7 (73-73-66=212)||1 stroke||Stephanie Farwig|
|12||Aug 28, 1983||Columbia Savings Classic||−11 (71-69-70-67=277)||Playoff||Beth Daniel|
|13||Nov 13, 1983||Mazda Japan Classic||−10 (72-70-64=206)||7 strokes||Laurie Rinker|
|14||Jun 16, 1985||Rochester International||−8 (74-67-67-72=280)||2 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|15||Jul 28, 1985||du Maurier Classic||−10 (70-73-67-68=278)||1 stroke||Jane Geddes|
|16||Aug 25, 1985||LPGA National Pro-Am||−4 (71-74-71-68=284)||Playoff||Amy Alcott|
|17||Apr 6, 1986||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−8 (68-72-69-71=280)||2 strokes||Val Skinner|
|18||Apr 27, 1986||S&H Golf Classic||−16 (69-67-71-65=272)||1 stroke||Janet Coles|
|19||Jun 1, 1986||LPGA Championship||−11 (67-72-70-68=277)||1 stroke||Patty Sheehan|
|20||Jul 27, 1986||du Maurier Classic||−12 (73-70-67-66=276)||Playoff||Ayako Okamoto|
|21||Aug 17, 1986||Nestle World Championship||−9 (72-72-72-63=279)||2 strokes|| Betsy King|
|22||Mar 29, 1987||Standard Register Turquoise Classic||−6 (75-74-67-70=286)||2 strokes||Christa Johnson|
|23||Apr 16, 1989||AI Star/Centinela Hospital Classic||−8 (72 69-67=208)||1 stroke|| Nancy Lopez|
|24||Feb 4, 1990||Oldsmobile LPGA Classic||−7 (66-65-74-76=281)||Playoff||Dale Eggeling|
|25||Mar 25, 1990||Standard Register Turquoise Classic||−12 (70-71-68-71=280)||1 stroke||Ayako Okamoto|
|26||May 27, 1990||LPGA Corning Classic||−10 (69-70-66-69=274)||3 strokes||Patty Sheehan|
|27||May 19, 1991||Centel Classic||−10 (70-68-69-71=278)||1 stroke||Ayako Okamoto|
|28||Sep 3, 1991||Rail Charity Golf Classic||−19 (67-65-65=197)||6 strokes||Danielle Ammaccapane|
|29||Sep 22, 1991||Safeco Classic||−8 69-67-72-72=280)||Playoff||Rosie Jones|
|30||Sep 29, 1991||MBS LPGA Classic||−11 (72-70-67-68=277)||1 stroke||Michelle Estill|
|31||Jan 22, 1995||HealthSouth Inaugural||−5 (71-72-68=211)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
LPGA Tour playoff record (6–4)
|1||1975||Greater Ft. Myers Classic||Sandra Haynie||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||1976||Girl Talk Classic|| Bonnie Lauer
|Won with par on second extra hole|
Lauer and Post eliminated with birdie on first hole
|3||1976||Wheeling Classic||Jane Blalock||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||1983||Columbia Savings Classic||Beth Daniel||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1984||Nabisco Dinah Shore||Juli Inkster||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|6||1985||LPGA National Pro-Am||Amy Alcott||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1985||Konica San Jose Classic||Val Skinner||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|8||1986||du Maurier Classic||Ayako Okamoto||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|9||1990||Oldsmobile LPGA Classic||Dale Eggeling||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1991||Safeco Classic||Rosie Jones||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
LPGA of Japan Tour (1)Edit
- 1983 Mazda Japan Classic (co-sanctioned with LPGA)
Legends Tour (1)Edit
|1980||Peter Jackson Classic||−15 (65-72-69-71=277)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|1981||U.S. Women's Open||−9 (71-74-68-66=279)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|1985||du Maurier Classic||−10 (70-73-67-68=278)||1 stroke||Jane Geddes|
|1986||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−8 (68-72-69-71=280)||2 strokes||Val Skinner|
|1986||LPGA Championship||−11 (67-72-70-68=277)||1 stroke||Patty Sheehan|
|1986||du Maurier Classic||−12 (73-70-67-66=276)||Playoff1||Ayako Okamoto|
1Won in a sudden-death playoff on the first playoff hole with a birdie.
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||T15||T17||T4||T12||T26||T16|
|du Maurier Classic||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||...||T19||1|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||...||...||T15||2||6||1||3||T74||T6||T9|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||T21||T8||T13||T12||T5||CUT||CUT||T3||T19|
|du Maurier Classic||T2||T38||T5||T19||1||1||T25||T39||T2||T8|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T3||T17||T12||T19||T16||T23||T35||T42||T13||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||2||T29||T4||T25||T3||T3||T28||T46||DNP||CUT|
|du Maurier Classic||T23||DNP||CUT||T52||CUT||T53||CUT||CUT||T66||T33|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||DNP||77||CUT||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Women's British Open ^||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
"T" = tied
DQ = disqualified
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||1||1||2||4||7||14||21||18|
|U.S. Women's Open||1||1||3||8||10||18||26||22|
|du Maurier Classic||3||2||0||6||7||11||21||17|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 38 (1974 LPGA – 1987 LPGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 11 (1989 Kraft Nabisco – 1991 U.S. Open)
- Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1990 (winners), 1992, 1996 (winners)
- Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013, 2014 (winners), 2015 (winners)
Solheim Cup recordEdit
|1990||3||2-1-0||1-0-0 def. T. Johnson 8&7||0-1-0 lost w/ N. Lopez 2&1||1-0-0 won w/ N. Lopez 2&1||2.0||66.6%|
|1992||3||0-2-1||0-1-0 lost to P. Wright 4&3||0-1-0 lost w/ D. Mochrie 2&1||0-0-1 halved w/ D. Mochrie||0.5||16.6%|
|1996||2||0-2-0||0-1-0 lost to A. Sörenstam 2&1||0-0-0||0-1-0 lost w/ K. Robbins 6&5||0.0||0.0%|
- Palm Beach Post, Jupiter resident Keegan Bradley, nephew of Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, is bound for PGA Tour October 19, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- Pat Bradley at about.com
- McDermott, Barry (September 29, 1986). "Now they call her Payday Pat". Sports Illustrated. p. 82. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Mickey, Lisa D. (October 18, 2018). "Bradley, Blalock to enter New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame". Legends Tour.