Professional

2001 Highlights

Best finish of the season was third at the Evian Masters; the $154,357 paycheck was the largest of her career.

Tied for third at back-to-back events, where she finished one shot out of a sudden-death playoff both times: the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez and the LPGA Champions Classic.

2001 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 29/72 (48) Rds in the 60s: 15/72 (44) Birdies: 219 (58)

Eagles: 7 (17) Greens in reg: 65% (72) Driving accuracy: 65.2% (143)

Sand saves: 43.9% (44) Putting avg: 31.20 (175) Driving avg: 248.20 (47)

Career Highlights

In 2000, on the strength of six top 10s, crossed the $6 million mark in career earnings; placed fourth at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic and tied for fourth at the Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic and the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living; was a captain's pick for the U.S. Solheim Cup Team; was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 20.

In 1999, became the 16th member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame; tied for second at the First Union Betsy King Classic for her best finish of the season; posted her career-low score of 62 during the second round of the Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick, which included an LPGA-record nine consecutive birdies.

In 1998, best finish was third at the First Union Betsy King Classic; recorded her fourth career hole-in-one at the SAFECO Classic.

In 1997, played in just nine events due to a left shoulder injury and thoracic muscle spasms; best finish was third place at the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural.

In 1996, best finish was a tie for fifth at the CoreStates Betsy King Classic; became the third player in LPGA history to cross the $5 million mark in career earnings, following the Standard Register PING where she tied for 24th.

In 1995, captured her 32nd career victory at the PING Welch's Championship in Boston.

In 1994, won four times, including a sudden-death playoff win over Laura Davies at the JAL Big Apple Classic; earned her third Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy honors.

In 1993, best finish was a tie for second at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

In 1992, tied for second five times, including playoff losses at the Sun-Times Challenge [to Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie] and the Phar-Mor in Youngstown (to Betsy King), where she was going for her third-straight title.

In 1991, crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings and won two events: the Phar-Mor at Inverrary and the McDonald's Championship; finished second four times, including a playoff loss to Cindy (Flom) Rarick at the Northgate Computer Classic.

In 1990, captured seven tournament titles, including a playoff win (her first since 1983) over Patty Sheehan at the Phar-Mor in Youngstown; recorded her third career hole-in-one at the Centel Classic; became the first player ever to cross $700,000 and $800,000 in season earnings; set an LPGA record for consecutive rounds in the 60s with nine; earned Rolex Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy honors.

In 1989, broke a four-and-one-half-year winless drought (1985-89) at the Greater Washington Open; became only the seventh player to cross $2 million in career earnings; defeated by Dottie (Pepper) Mochrie in a sudden-death playoff at the Oldsmobile Classic for one of four runner-up finishes.

In 1988, was absent from the Tour for 13 weeks with mononucleosis, played 17 events and finished second at the Women's Kemper Open and the Atlantic City Classic, where she lost in a sudden-death playoff to Juli Inkster.

In 1987, finished tied for second at the Henredon Classic for her best finish of the season.

In 1986, best finish was a tie for second at the LPGA Corning Classic.

In 1985, won the Kyocera Inamori Classic for her 14th career title.

In 1984, became the Tour's eighth millionaire by collecting $9,281 at the du Maurier Ltd. Classic; best finish of the season was a tie for second at the LPGA Championship, one of the LPGA Tour's four majors.

In 1983, won the McDonald's Kids Classic, her 13th LPGA title, by way of a sudden-death playoff against JoAnne Carner; lost the Columbia Savings Classic in a playoff to Pat Bradley.

In 1982, posted her third consecutive multiple-win season by winning five LPGA events, including a sudden-death playoff victory over Carole Jo Callison at the American Express Sun City Classic, where Daniel also recorded her second career hole-in-one.

In 1981, won the Florida Ladies Citrus in a four-way sudden-death playoff and the World Championship of Women's Golf.

In 1980, won four times, earned $231,000 and was named the LPGA Player of the Year, joining Nancy Lopez as the only LPGA players to win Rookie of the Year followed by Player of the Year the very next season (Annika Sorenstam joined them in 1995).

In 1979, won the Patty Berg Classic and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year.

Amateur

Daniel captured the U.S. Women's Amateur title in 1975 and 1977 and was a member of the U.S. Curtis Cup Team in 1976 and 1978. She also was a member of the World Cup Team in 1978.

Personal

5'11", blond hair, brown eyes...Credits Derek Hardy, the late Davis Love, Jr., Dave Pelz, Mike McGetrick and Jack Lumpkin as teachers most influencing her career...Won the 1981 Seagrams Seven Crowns of Sport Award for Women's Golf...Won the 1990 United Press International Female Athlete of the Year... Inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in September 1995...Entered the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame in February 1999...Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 20, 2000...Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top 50 players and teachers...A non-voting member of the 2002 LPGA Executive Committee.

LPGA Victories, Awards, Etc.

LPGA Victories (32): 1979 Patty Berg Classic. 1980 Golden Lights Championship, Patty Berg Golf Classic, Columbia Savings LPGA Classic, World Championship of Women's Golf. 1981 Florida Lady Citrus, World Championship of Women's Golf. 1982 Bent Tree Ladies Classic, American Express Sun City Classic, Birmingham Classic, Columbia Savings Classic, WUI Classic. 1983 McDonald's Kids Classic. 1985 Kyocera Inamori Classic. 1989 Greater Washington Open, Rail Charity Golf Classic, SAFECO Classic, Konica San Jose Classic. 1990 Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open, Women's Kemper Open, The Phar-Mor in Youngstown, Mazda LPGA Championship, Northgate Classic, Rail Charity Golf Classic, Centel Classic. 1991 The Phar-Mor at Inverrary, McDonald's Championship. 1994 LPGA Corning Classic, Oldsmobile Classic, JAL Big Apple Classic, World Championship of Women's Golf. 1995 PING Welch's Championship (Boston).

Unofficial Victories (7): 1979 World Ladies. 1981 JCPenney Classic (with Tom Kite). 1988 Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Championship. 1990 JCPenney Classic (with Davis Love III). Konica World Ladies. 1991 Konica World Ladies. 1995 JCPenney Classic (with Davis Love III).

LPGA Awards (7): Rolex Player of the Year (3), Vare Trophy (3), Rolex Rookie of the Year. 1979 LPGA Rookie of the Year. 1980 LPGA Player of the Year. 1989 Vare Trophy. 1990 Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy. 1994 Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy.

The Solheim Cup (5): 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000.

Major Championship History

The U.S. Women's Open became an LPGA major in 1950; the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG became a major in 1955; the Kraft Nabisco Championship became a major in 1983; and the Weetabix Women's British Open became a major championship in 2001. From 1979-2000 the LPGA's fourth major was the du Maurier Classic. The Weetabix Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic in 2001. (KNC, Kraft Nabisco Championship; LPGA, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG; OPEN, U.S. Women's Open; WB, Weetabix Women's British Open; DM, du Maurier Classic)

 

Courtesy LPGA, http://www.LPGA.com.

   


Born: 10/14/56 Charleston, S.C.

Residence: Delray Beach, Fla.

Rookie year: 1979

Status: Exempt

Career victories (last): 32 (1995)

Majors won: 1

Career-low round: 62

Career earnings (rank): $6,433,001 (6)

LPGA career holes-in-one: 4

Playoff record: 5-6

International victories: 4

Education: Furman University (1978, Education)




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