• Played a limited schedule due to
continuing knee problems.
• Recorded her second career hole-in-one
at the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living,
where she tied for 37th, her season-best finish.
2001 Stats (rank)
Rds under par: 2/31 (178) Rds in the
60s: 0/31 (N/A) Birdies: 77 (165)
Eagles: 1 (126) Greens in reg: 56.6%
(158) Driving accuracy: 64.1% (149)
Sand saves: 47.7% (20) Putting avg:
30.71 (148) Driving avg: 235.90 (149)
• In 2000, played in a limited number
of events due to gall bladder surgery in late May; season-best
finish was a tie for ninth at The Office Depot; the
Chick-fil-A Charity Championship officially renamed
its title to the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted
by Nancy Lopez in her honor and she is the annual host
of the tournament; in March, the Chick-fil-A Charity
Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez announced the creation
of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented annually
in conjunction with the tournament to the world’s outstanding
female amateur golfer.
• In 1999, played in a limited number
of events due to knee surgery in May; best finish was
a tie for 12th at both the Standard Register PING and
AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living.
• In 1998, best finish was a tie for
second at the Sara Lee Classic, where she carded a season-low
66 in the opening round and lost in a four-way, sudden-death
playoff to Barb Mucha.
• In 1997, won her 48th career title
at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship; finished second
at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship after firing rounds
of 69-68-69-69, making her the only woman in U.S. Women’s
Open history to shoot four rounds in the 60s, yet still
finished one stroke behind Alison Nicholas for her fourth
runner-up finish in the Open, a title she has not won;
crossed the $5 million milestone in LPGA career earnings
after the season-ending ITT LPGA Tour Championship.
• In 1996, top finish was a tie for
second at both the du Maurier Classic and the ITT LPGA
• In 1995, posted nine top-20 finishes,
including a season-best third place at the Youngstown-Warren
• In 1994, best finish was a tie for
second at the Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions;
crossed the $4 million mark in career earnings.
• In 1993, won the Youngstown-Warren
LPGA Classic in a sudden-death playoff with Deb Richard
for her 47th career victory.
• In 1992, recorded back-to-back playoff
victories at the Rail Charity Golf Classic and the PING-Cellular
One LPGA Golf Championship; tied her career-low score
of 64 during the final round of the Rail Charity Golf
• In 1991, played in only 11 events
due to pregnancy; won the Sara Lee Classic.
• In 1990, became the second player
in LPGA history to cross the $3 million mark in career
earnings when she captured the MBS LPGA Classic in a
sudden-death playoff with Cathy Gerring.
• In 1989, enjoyed her most successful
financial season, earning $487,153 and registering three
victories, including the Mazda LPGA Championship.
• In 1988, won three tournaments and
was in three sudden-death playoffs – defeated Marta
Figueras-Dotti at the Ai Star/Centinela Hospital Classic,
lost to Juli Inkster at the Crestar Classic and lost
to Mei-Chi Cheng at the Rochester International; became
the fourth player in LPGA history to cross the $2 million
mark in career earnings; captured Rolex Player of the
Year honors for the fourth time.
• In 1987, season was highlighted by
her 35th career victory at the Sarasota Classic (the
same event in which she claimed her first career win
in 1978), which qualified her for the LPGA Tour Hall
of Fame; after waiting six months to meet the Tour’s
membership requirement, was inducted on July 20 as the
11th member; also won the Cellular One-PING Golf Championship.
• In 1986, top finish was a tie for
second at the Nestle World Championship and Cellular
One-PING Golf Championship.
• In 1985, won five events, including
the LPGA Championship; her win at the Portland PING
Championship came by way of a sudden-death playoff with
Lori Garbacz; won Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy
for the third time in her career.
• In 1984, won the Uniden LPGA Invitational
and Chevrolet World Championship of Women’s Golf.
• In 1983, hurdled the $1 million mark
in career earnings and won two tournaments.
• In 1982, captured the J&B Scotch
Pro-Am and Mazda Japan Classic; recorded the first hole-in-one
of her LPGA career during the Peter Jackson Classic.
• In 1981, won three tournaments: the
Arizona Copper Classic, Colgate Dinah Shore and Sarah
• In 1980, won the Women’s Kemper Open,
Sarah Coventry Classic and Rail Charity Golf Classic;
narrowly missed out on a fourth victory at the Mary
Kay Classic, which she lost in a sudden-death playoff
to Jerilyn Britz; her win at the Rail Charity Golf Classic
was the 20th of her career, setting an LPGA record for
youngest to that milestone (23 years, 7 months and 26
• In 1979, captured eight tournament
victories (including the Coca-Cola Classic in a sudden-death
playoff with Bonnie Bryant) and finished second to JoAnne
Carner at the Women’s Kemper Open following a sudden-death
playoff; set the LPGA record for youngest to 10 career
wins (22 years, 2 months and 5 days old at the Sunstar
Classic); won her second Player of the Year and Vare
Trophy to become the first player to win Rookie of the
Year followed by Player of the Year and Vare Trophy
the very next season (Annika Sorenstam joined her in
• In 1978, as a rookie, won nine tournaments,
including a record-setting five in a row; recorded her
first playoff victory at the Coca-Cola Classic, defeating
LPGA Tour Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner; she came close
to two more victories that season, losing sudden-death
playoffs to Michiko Okada at the Mizuno-Japan Classic
and to Sally Little at the Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic
Classic; remains the only player to win Rookie of the
Year, Player of the Year and Vare Trophy honors in the
LPGA Victories (48): 1978
Bent Tree Classic, Sunstar Classic, Greater Baltimore
Classic, Coca-Cola Classic, Golden Lights Championship,
LPGA Championship, Bankers Trust Classic, Colgate
European Open, Colgate Far East Open. 1979 Sunstar
Classic, Sahara National Pro-Am, Women’s International,
Coca-Cola Classic, Golden Lights Championship, Lady
Keystone Open, Colgate European Open, Mary Kay Classic.
1980 Women’s Kemper Open, The Sarah Coventry,
Rail Charity Golf Classic. 1981 Arizona Copper
Classic, Colgate-Dinah Shore, The Sarah Coventry. 1982
J&B Scotch Pro-Am, Mazda Japan Classic. 1983
Elizabeth Arden Classic, J&B Scotch Pro-Am. 1984
Uniden LPGA Invitational, Chevrolet World Championship
of Women’s Golf. 1985 Chrysler-Plymouth Classic,
LPGA Championship, Mazda Hall of Fame Championship,
Henredon Classic, Portland PING Championship. 1987
Sarasota Classic, Cellular One-PING Golf Championship.
1988 Mazda Classic, Ai Star/Centinela Hospital
Classic, Chrysler-Plymouth Classic. 1989 Mazda LPGA
Championship, Atlantic City Classic, Nippon Travel-MBS
Classic. 1990 MBS LPGA Classic. 1991 Sara
Lee Classic. 1992 Rail Charity Golf Classic,
PING-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship. 1993
Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic. 1997 Chick-fil-A
Unofficial Victories (4):
1979 Portland-PING Team Championship (with Jo
Ann Washam) 1980 JCPenney Classic (with Curtis
Strange). 1987 Mazda Championship (with Miller
Barber). 1992 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge (with
Dottie Pepper Mochrie and Patty Sheehan).
LPGA Awards (9): Rookie
of the Year (1), Rolex Player of the Year (4), Vare
Trophy (3), William and Mousie Powell Award (1). 1978
Rookie of the Year, Vare Trophy, Player of the Year.
1979 Player of the Year, Vare Trophy. 1985
Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy. 1987 William
and Mousie Powell Award. 1988 Rolex Player of
The Solheim Cup (1): 1990.
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