Patty Sheehan (born October 27, 1956) is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1980 and won six major championships and 35 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
|Full name||Patty Sheehan|
|Born||October 27, 1956|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Residence||Santa Barbara, California|
|College||University of Nevada|
San Jose State University
|Current tour(s)||Legends Tour|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Tour (1980–2006)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||1|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||3|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 1996|
|Women's PGA C'ship||Won: 1983, 1984, 1993|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1992, 1994|
|du Maurier Classic||2nd: 1990|
|Women's British Open||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
Sheehan was born in Middlebury, Vermont. She was rated one of the top junior snow skiers in the country as a 13-year-old. She attended Earl Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada. She won three straight Nevada high school championships (1972–74), three straight Nevada State Amateurs (1975–78) and two straight California Women's Amateurs (1977–78). She was the runner-up at the 1979 U.S. Women's Amateur, then was the 1980 AIAW national individual intercollegiate golf champion. She went 4-0 as a member of the 1980 U.S. Curtis Cup team. She won the Broderick Award in 1980. She attended University of Nevada and San Jose State University. She is a member of both the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.
Sheehan turned professional and joined the LPGA Tour in 1980. She won LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 with her first professional victory coming at the Mazda Japan Classic. She was strong throughout the 1980s, winning four times in both 1983 and 1984, and winning the LPGA Championship in both seasons. She won LPGA Tour Player of the Year in 1983 and was one of several athletes named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1987. Sheehan suffered a loss personally in 1989, when her home and possessions were destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. She also suffered a professional loss in 1990, when after holding an 11-shot lead during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, she lost the tournament to Betsy King.
Sheehan started off the 1990s with five wins in 1990. She won the U.S. Women's Open in 1992 and 1994, the Mazda LPGA Championship in 1995, and the Nabisco Dinah Shore (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) in 1996. That would be her final LPGA victory. She qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning her 30th tournament in 1993. She finished in the Top 10 on the LPGA money list every year from 1982 to 1993. While she never led, she did finish second five times in that span. When she won the U.S. Women's Open and the Women's British Open in 1992, she became the first golfer to win both in the same year.
Sheehan played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team five times (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002) and captained the team in 2002 and 2003.
In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named her among the fifty heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".
LPGA Tour wins (35)Edit
|LPGA Tour major championships (6)|
|Other LPGA Tour (29)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 8, 1981||Mazda Japan Classic||−9 (73-69-71=213)||4 strokes||Beth Daniel|
|2||Apr 25, 1982||Orlando Lady Classic||−7 (70-69-70=209)||Playoff||Kathy Postlewait|
|3||Sep 26, 1982||Safeco Classic||−12 (68-69-69-70=276)||1 stroke||JoAnne Carner|
|4||Oct 3, 1982||Inamori Classic||−12 (68-70-69-69=276)||4 strokes||Joyce Kazmierski|
|5||May 29, 1983||Corning Classic||−16 (70-70-69-63=272)||8 strokes||Cindy Hill|
|6||Jun 12, 1983||LPGA Championship||−9 (68-71-74-66=279)||2 strokes||Sandra Haynie|
|7||Aug 14, 1983||Henredon Classic||−16 (65-70-71-66=272)||4 strokes||JoAnne Carner|
|8||Sep 26, 1983||Inamori Classic||−7 (68-70-71=209)||2 strokes||Juli Inkster|
|9||Feb 5, 1984||Elizabeth Arden Classic||−8 (71-68-69-72=280)||2 strokes||Sherri Turner|
|10||Jun 3, 1984||LPGA Championship||−16 (71-70-63-68=272)||10 strokes|| Pat Bradley|
|11||Jun 10, 1984||McDonald's Kids Classic||−7 (65-72-74-70=281)||2 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|12||Aug 12, 1984||Henredon Classic||−11 (67-70-72-68=277)||1 stroke|| JoAnne Carner|
|13||Feb 10, 1985||Sarasota Classic||−10 (69-71-72-66=278)||1 stroke||Nancy Lopez|
|14||Apr 21, 1985||J&B Scotch Pro-Am||−13 (67-65-71-72=275)||2 strokes||Alice Miller|
|15||Feb 9, 1986||Sarasota Classic||−9 (68-69-71-71=279)||3 strokes|| Pat Bradley|
|16||Feb 26, 1986||Kyocera Inamori Classic||−10 (69-71-68-70=278)||1 stroke||Pat Bradley|
|17||Apr 23, 1986||Konica San Jose Classic||−4 (71-70-71=212)||Playoff|| Amy Alcott|
|18||Feb 14, 1988||Sarasota Classic||−6 (71-72-72-67=282)||3 strokes||JoAnne Carner|
|19||Nov 2, 1988||Mazda Japan Classic||−10 (72-67-67=206)||Playoff||Liselotte Neumann|
|20||Jun 4, 1989||Rochester International||−10 (68-73-66-71=278)||Playoff||Ayako Okamoto|
|21||Jan 21, 1990||The Jamaica Classic||−1 (69-68-75=212)||3 strokes|| Pat Bradley|
|22||Jun 10, 1990||McDonald's Championship||−9 (70-67-68-70=275)||1 stroke|| Pat Bradley|
|23||Jun 24, 1990||Rochester International||−17 (72-64-68-67=271)||4 strokes||Amy Alcott|
|24||Sep 9, 1990||Ping-Cellular One Golf Championship||−8 (70-71-67=208)||1 stroke||Danielle Ammaccapane|
|25||Sep 16, 1990||Safeco Classic||−18 (69-65-66-70=270)||9 strokes||Deb Richard|
|26||Feb 23, 1991||Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open||−9 (68-69-70=207)||3 strokes||Pat Bradley|
|27||Jun 28, 1992||Rochester International||−19 (70-65-63-71=269)||9 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|28||Jul 5, 1992||Jamie Farr Toledo Classic||−4 (70-73-66=209)||1 stroke|| Brandie Burton|
|29||Jul 26, 1992||U.S. Women's Open||−4 (69-72-70-69=280)||Playoff||Juli Inkster|
|30||Mar 21, 1993||Standard Register PING||−17 (70-70-65-70=275)||5 strokes|| Dawn Coe-Jones|
|31||Jun 13, 1993||Mazda LPGA Championship||−9 (70-72-69-68=279)||1 stroke||Lauri Merten|
|32||Jul 21, 1994||U.S. Women's Open||−7 (66-71-69-71=277)||1 stroke||Tammie Green|
|33||Jun 18, 1995||Rochester International||−10 (73-66-69-70=278)||4 strokes||Sherri Steinhauer|
|34||Sep 17, 1995||Safeco Classic||−14 (68-65-70-71=274)||2 strokes||Emilee Klein|
|35||Mar 31, 1996||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−7 (71-72-67-71=281)||1 stroke|| Meg Mallon|
LPGA Tour playoff record (5–7)
|1||1981||Florida Lady Citrus|| Donna Caponi
|Daniel won with birdie on second extra hole|
Hill, Rizzo, and Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
|2||1982||Orlando Lady Classic||Kathy Postlewait||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
|3||1982||Corning Classic||Sandra Spuzich||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||1985||Samaritan Turquoise Classic||Betsy King||Lost to eagle on first extra hole|
|6||1985||Nestle World Championship of Women's Golf||Amy Alcott||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|6||1986||Konica San Jose Classic|| Amy Alcott
|Sheehan won with birdie on first extra hole|
|7||1987||Nabisco Dinah Shore||Betsy King||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|8||1988||Rochester International|| Mei-Chi Cheng
|Cheng won with birdie on second extra hole|
Sheehan eliminated with par on first hole
|9||1988||Mazda Japan Classic||Liselotte Neumann||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1989||Rochester International||Ayako Okamoto||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|11||1990||The Phar-Mor in Youngstown||Beth Daniel||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|12||1992||U.S. Women's Open||Juli Inkster||Won 18-hole playoff (Sheehan:72, Inkster:74)|
LPGA majors are shown in bold.
Ladies European Tour wins (1)Edit
- Note: Sheehan won the Women's British Open before it became a major championship.
LPGA of Japan Tour wins (3)Edit
1Co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour
Legends Tour wins (3)Edit
- 2002 Copps Great Lakes Classic
- 2005 BJ's Charity Championship (with Pat Bradley; tie with Cindy Rarick and Jan Stephenson)
- 2006 World Ladies Senior Open
Other wins (2)Edit
|1983||LPGA Championship||−9 (68-71-74-66=279)||2 strokes||Sandra Haynie|
|1984||LPGA Championship||−16 (71-70-63-68=272)||10 strokes||Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel|
|1992||U.S. Women's Open||−4 (69-72-70-69=280)||Playoff1||Juli Inkster|
|1993||Mazda LPGA Championship||−9 (70-72-69-68=279)||1 stroke||Lauri Merten|
|1994||U.S. Women's Open||−7 (66-71-69-71=277)||1 stroke||Tammie Green|
|1996||Nabisco Dinah Shore||−7 (71-72-67-71=281)||1 stroke||Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins, Annika Sörenstam|
1In an 18-hole playoff, Sheehan 72, Inkster 74.
- Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1980 (winners)
- "Middlebury, Vermont". City-Data.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "It's all about family for Patty Sheehan". ESPN. July 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
- "Golf". CWSA. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
- "Sheehan finds fame in Phoenix". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 22, 1993. p. 4B.
- "Sheehan Comes Out in Golf World". GLAAD Publication Archives. April 10, 1998. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2007.
- "Queerty Pride50 2020 Honorees". Queerty. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
- Bull, Chris (June 18, 2020). "Meet the brave sports heroes of 2020 changing the world for the better". Queerty. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
- Patty Sheehan at the LPGA Tour official site
- Patty Sheehan at the Legends Tour official site
- Patty Sheehan bio at about.com
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