By Mickey Wright, LPGA veteran and World Golf Hall of Fame member Golf.com/Sports Illustrated
Think about $11,255,000. That figure represents what I would have earned in 2012 prize money for the 44 LPGA titles I won from 1961 through '64. In reality I won $104,946 during my record four-year stretch, an average of $26,236.50 a year, which was a lot of money at the time.
I stare at that $11 million figure in shock. That's a lot more than inflation. As my good friend Louise Suggs once said, that could make you throw up.
So do I wish I played in the current era? Absolutely not. In my day we logged 60,000 miles a year trekking from tournament to tournament by car. On off days I conducted 128 golf clinics a year for Wilson Sporting Goods. These weren't paid outings, mind you; these were to attract a gate. These were about the LPGA's survival. I'm not much of a public speaker, but we all did our part. I guess everybody plays in the time they should play. I feel I did.
The LPGA today is beyond my wildest dreams. I'm a little disappointed that we don't have more top American women today, and I hope that will change. I think Lexi Thompson is going to give them fits. She has impressed me. Read more>>