Sophie Gustafson (born 27 December 1973) is a Swedish professional golfer. She was a member of U.S.-based LPGA Tour and a life member of the Ladies European Tour (LET). She has five LPGA Tour and 23 international wins in her career, including victories on five of the six continents on which golf is played: North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. She is a four-time LET Order of Merit winner and represented Europe in the Solheim Cup on each team from 1998 to 2011.
Gustafson in April 2011
|Born||27 December 1973|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||Ty Votaw (2006–10)|
|College||Aranässkolan & Komvux University, Sweden|
|Former tour(s)||LET (joined 1994)|
LPGA Tour (joined 1998)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||16 (6th all-time)|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T7: 2001|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T6: 2007|
|U.S. Women's Open||T10: 2006|
|du Maurier Classic||T33: 2000|
|Women's British Open||2nd/T2: 2005, 2006|
|Evian Championship||CUT: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour|
Player of the Year
|1998, 2000, 2003|
|Ladies European Tour|
Order of Merit winner
|2000, 2003, 2007, 2009|
|Ladies European Tour|
Stroke Average trophy
|Swedish Golfer of the Year||2000|
|Heather Farr Player Award||2012|
Gustafson turned professional in 1992 whilst studying marketing, economics and law at Aranasskolan & Komvux University in Sweden. In the next three years she played 12 Telia Tour and four Ladies European Tour tournaments. On the Telia tour she had six top ten finishes. Her best finish on the LET was a 22nd at her home tournament in Sweden.
1995 saw her join the Ladies European Tour gaining two top 10 finishes in 13 starts. 1996 was her first full year on the Ladies European Tour. She gained her first professional wins, winning once on the Telia Tour at the Rörstrand Ladies Open and once on the Ladies European Tour at the Déesse Ladies Swiss Open. In 1997 she earned her first win on the Ladies Asian Tour at the Thailand Ladies Open and finished T40th at LPGA Q School to earn non-exempt status for 1998.
In 1998 Gustafson won twice on the LET at the Donegal Irish Ladies' Open and at the Marrakech Palmeraie Open, finish second on the Order of Merit and was voted Waterford Players' Player of the Year. She also played four times on the LPGA tour, recording a second-place finish at the co-sanctioned Women’s British Open. She also won the Telia Tour Finale and made her debut in the Solheim Cup, replacing the injured Trish Johnson at the last minute. During 1999, Gustafson played on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours. Her best result was a tie for 2nd at the Ladies' German Open on the Ladies European Tour.
2000 was a breakthrough year for Gustafson. She got her maiden win on the LPGA at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, and added a second LPGA title at the co-sanctioned Women’s British Open. She had two other wins in Europe at the Ladies Italian Open and at the Waterford Crystal Ladies Irish Open, and partnered with Carin Koch to win the inaugural TSN Ladies World Cup Golf. She also won 2 and a half out of a possible four points in Europe's Solheim Cup victory at Loch Lomond. The year ended with Gustafson topping the Evian Order of Merit and official Evian moneylist, being voted Swedish Player of the Year by the Association of Swedish Golf Writers and becoming Players' Player of Year'.
In 2001 Gustafson won once on both the LPGA Tour at the Subaru Memorial of Naples and Ladies European Tour at the AAMI Women's Australian Open crossing the LPGA Tour career $1million earnings mark. The defence of her LPGA title ended with her losing in a playoff to Annika Sörenstam. In 2002, she played seven LET events, posting four top 10 finishes, ending the season with one victory at the Biarritz Ladies Classic and 3rd place in the Order of Merit as well as winning the Vivien Saunders Stroke average trophy. She made 15 of 20 cuts on the LPGA, with her best finish an 11th.
In 2003, she won three out of eight LET events and secured another LET Order of Merit title. She also won her third LET Players' Player of the Year award and the Vivien Saunders Stroke Average trophy. She won the Samsung World Championship on the LPGA tour, her 4th LPGA win, crossing the $2million LPGA Tour career earnings mark. She became the first woman to compete in a men's Japan Golf Tour event, and was part of the winning European Solheim Cup team in her native Sweden.
During 2004 Gustafson struggled with illness due to deep vein thrombosis in her leg. Her best finish of the year was a tie for third on the LPGA tour where she led the tour in driving distance at 270.2 yards. At the start of 2005, Gustafson represented Sweden with Carin Koch in the 2005 Women's World Cup of Golf in SA. Three LET events in 2005 yielded a second-place finish at the Weetabix Women's British Open and 3rd place on the LET Money List. On the LPGA Tour she had seven top 10 finishes and tied her career low round of 64 at the Wendy's Championship for Children. Gustafson made her 5th appearance in the Solheim Cup. and was a member of the International Team in the inaugural Lexus Cup.
In 2006 Gustafson played in just three LET events but finished fourth on the New Star Money List after claiming her first victory in almost three years at the Siemens Austrian Ladies Golf Open at Golfclub Fohrenwald in Wiener Neustadt in Austria. This win gave her the point she needed to become a Life Member of the LET. She earned her thirteenth LET win in 2007 at the De Vere Ladies Scottish Open.
In 2006, Gustafson married former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, who left his post following the 2005 Solheim Cup. They divorced in January 2010. Gustafson, in her words, has a "severe stuttering problem" and rarely speaks to the media. During the 2011 Solheim Cup she made an exception and spoke on-camera with Golf Channel.
Professional wins (28)Edit
LPGA Tour (5)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||30 Apr 2000||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||−10 (65-69-72=206)||1 stroke|| Amy Fruhwirth|
|2||20 Aug 2000||Weetabix Women's British Open
(co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour)
|−10 (70-66-71-75=282)||2 strokes|| Becky Iverson|
|3||21 Jan 2001||Subaru Memorial of Naples||−16 (68-64-70-70=272)||3 strokes||Karrie Webb|
|4||12 Oct 2003||Samsung World Championship||−14 (72-69-69-64=274)||2 strokes|| Beth Daniel|
|5||27 Sep 2009||CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge||−20 (65-69-66-68=268)||4 strokes||Lorena Ochoa|
Note: Gustafson won the Weetabix Women's British Open before it became a major championship.
LPGA Tour playoff record (0–4)
|1||2000||Mizuno Classic||Lorie Kane||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2001||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||Annika Sörenstam||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|3||2008||Safeway Classic|| Helen Alfredsson
|Kerr won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2009||Evian Masters||Ai Miyazato||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Ladies European Tour (16)Edit
- 1996 (1) Deesse Ladies' Swiss Open
- 1998 (2) Donegal Irish Ladies Open, Marrakech Palmeraie Open
- 2000 (3) Ladies Italian Open, Waterford Crystal Irish Open, Weetabix Women's British Open (co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour)
- 2001 (1) AAMI Women's Australian Open (co-sanctioned with the ALPG Tour)
- 2002 (1) Biarritz Ladies Classic
- 2003 (3) Ladies Irish Open, HP Open, BT Ladies Open
- 2006 (1) Siemens Austrian Ladies Golf Open
- 2007 (1) De Vere Ladies Scottish Open
- 2010 (2) European Ladies Golf Cup (with Anna Nordqvist), AIB Ladies Irish Open
- 2011 (1) Communitat Valenciana European Ladies Golf Cup (with Anna Nordqvist)
- 1996 (1) Rörstrand Ladies Open (Telia Tour)
- 1997 (1) Thailand Open (Ladies Asian Tour)
- 1998 (3) Lalla Meryem Cup (Morocco), Telia Ladies Finale (Telia Tour), Praia d'El Rey European Cup (LET team event)
- 1999 (1) Praia d'El Rey European Cup (LET team event)
- 2000 (1) TSN Ladies World Cup Golf (with Carin Koch)
- 2003 (1) Catalonia World Matchplay Championship
Results in LPGA majorsEdit
Results not in chronological order before 2014.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||T79||DNP|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||T20||T31|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP||DNP||T33|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T7||T25||T51||T48||T66||CUT||T44||T42||T64|
|U.S. Women's Open||11||CUT||CUT||CUT||T58||T10||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||T42||T11||8||CUT||2||T2||T33||T24||T33|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T10||T15||CUT||T63||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||T19||CUT||56||CUT||DNP|
|Women's British Open||T43||3||CUT||CUT||DNP|
|The Evian Championship ^^||CUT||DNP|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||0||0||0||0||2||4||15||12|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||1||4||15||7|
|Women's British Open||0||2||1||3||4||6||13||10|
|du Maurier Classic||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (1999 Kraft Nabisco – 2001 Kraft Nabisco)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2006 U.S. Open – 2006 British Open)
LPGA Tour career summaryEdit
- official through 23 November 2014
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 1998, 2000 (winners), 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (winners)
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2005 (winners)
- World Cup (representing Sweden): 2005, 2008
Solheim Cup recordEdit
|1998||2||0-1-1||0-0-1 halved w/ M. Mallon||0-1-0 lost w/ L.Hackney 7&5||0.5||25.0|
|2000||4||2-1-1||0-1-0 lost to B. Burton 4&3||1-0-1 won w/ T. Johnson 3&2,
halved w/ T. Johnson
|1-0-0 won w/ T. Johnson 3&2||2.5||62.5|
|2002||3||2-1-0||1-0-0 def. C. Kerr 3&2||1-1-0 lost w/ K. Icher 4&3,
won w/ L. Davies 1 up
|2003||5||3-2-0||1-0-0 def. H. Bowie 5&4||2-0-0 won w/ E. Esterl 3&2,
won w/ S. Pettersen 3&1
|0-2-0 lost w/ I. Tinning 2 dn,
lost w/ L. Davies 2&1
|2005||5||1-2-2||0-1-0 lost to J.Inkster 2&1||1-0-1 halved w/ T. Johnson,
won w/ C. Koch 5&3
|0-1-1 lost w/ K Stupples 2&1,
halved w/ S. Pettersen
|2007||4||0-2-2||0-1-0 lost to P.Hurst 2&1||0-0-2 halved w/ S. Pettersen,
halved w/ S. Pettersen
|0-1-0 lost w/ G. Nocera 3&2||1.0||25.0|
|2009||4||1-3-0||0-1-0 lost to B. Lincicome 3&2||1-1-0 lost w/ S. Pettersen 4&2,
won w/ J. Moodie 4&3
|0-1-0 lost w/ S. Pettersen 1 dn||1.0||25.0|
|2011||4||4-0-0||1-0-0 def. S. Lewis 2 up||2-0-0 won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up,
won w/ C. Hedwall 6&5
|1-0-0 won w/ C. Hedwall 5&4||4.0||100.|
- LPGA.com, LPGA 2013 Player Guide
- Sophie Gustafson retires from LPGA Tour
- "Gustafson named Life Member of the Ladies European Tour". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Sophie Gustafson Player Profile". LET. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "1990-2003 Solheim Cup Teams" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
- "2005 European Solheim Cup Team". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Full Career Biography" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "1992 Results". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "1993 Results". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "1994 Results". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "1995 Results". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Rörstrand Ladies Open". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Déesse Ladies Swiss Open". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Thailand Ladies Open". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Telia Ladies Finale Johannesberg". Golfdata from golf.se. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Tough play being the reserve". BBC. 2002-09-17. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Chick-fil-A Charity Championship 2000". GolfWeek Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson hangs on for victory". BBC. 2000-08-20. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson voted LET player of the year". Golf Today. 2000-08-20. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Swedes hold off English pair". BBC News. 2000-09-17. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson gets gong". BBC News. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson bags Naples title". BBC News. 2001-01-21. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson holds off Webb". BBC News. 2001-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Sorenstam eyes Tiger showdown". BBC News. 2001-05-07. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson wins Biarritz thriller". LET. 2002-10-05. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson cruises to third Irish victory". LET. 2003-06-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Sophie snaps up HP Open". LET. 2003-08-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson completes Irish double". BBC. 2003-08-17. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Evian Tour 2003 Awards". LET. 2003-10-13. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson on top of the World". LET. 2003-10-13. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson out in Japan". BBC. 2003-11-29. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Australia, England and Sweden favourites". LET. 2005-02-10. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Meet the 2005 European Solheim Cup Team". LET. 2005-09-02. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Annika Sorenstam heads Lexus Cup field". Golf Today. 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Gustafson back in the winner's circle again". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- "Sophie Gustafson weds Ty Votaw". LET. 2006-07-08. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
- LPGA golfer Gustafson, Votaw divorce
- "Sophie Gustafson's TV Interview". YouTube.com. LPGA. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- "Sophie Gustafson Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2014.