Pat Bradley

United States

5'6"

1974

$5,755,947.00

Florida International University (1974, Physical Education)

Race to CME Globe

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Pat Bradley Bio

5’6”...Started playing golf at the age of 11 under head pro John Wirbal of Nashua (N.H.) Country Club...Credits instructor Gail Davis with much of her success...Also credits her late father, Richard, with influencing her career...Is a member of FIU Hall of Fame...Is an outstanding skier and former instructor...Skied in the Gerald Ford Invitational in Vail, Colo., from 1981-83...Her mother would ring a bell, regardless of time of day, on the family back porch after each Bradley win; this bell has been donated to the World Golf Hall of Fame...Her many accolades include Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) Female Player of the Year in 1986, being named among GOLF Magazine’s “100 Heroes” during 1988 celebration of the Centennial of Golf in America, honorary director of the Thyroid Foundation of America at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, 1989 Jack Nicklaus Family of the Year Award by National Golf Foundation, 1991 GWAA’s Ben Hogan Award for her comeback after suffering from Graves Disease, 1992 Samaritan Award winner and the 1998 Metropolitan Golf Writers Association Gold Tee Award...A member of the LPGA Tour Executive Committee from 1993-95...Named in the Irish America “Top 100” in 1999 Irish America Magazine...Recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers...In 2001, hometown Westford, Mass., named a major road the Pat Bradley Highway...In 2002, FlU celebrated the 25th Pat Bradley FIU College Golf Tournament...In 2002, elected to high school Westford Academy Sports Hall of Fame...Was the honorary chairman of the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open in South Hadley, Mass.…Inducted into the Florida International University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006…Is a diehard Boston Red Sox fan; threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Aug. 3, 2005…Honorary member of Old Head Golf Links and Kenmark Golf Club, both in Ireland…Member of The Legends Tour.

Career

  • In 2005, partnered with Patty Sheehan to tie for first (with the team of Jan Stephenson and Cindy Rarick) at the BJ’s Charity Championship, an event on the Women’s Senior Golf Tour, now The Legends Tour.
  • In 2000, best finish was a tie for 17th at the Weetabix Women’s British Open; served as captain for the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
  • In 1999, best finish was a tie for ninth at the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living.
  • In 1998, tied for 18th at the Longs Drugs Challenge.
  • In 1997, tied for seventh at both the Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am and the LPGA Corning Classic.
  • In 1996, best finish was a tie for third at the U.S. Women’s Open; was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
  • In 1995, won her 31st-career title at the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural and became only the second LPGA player to cross the $5 million mark in career earnings.
  • In 1994, recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best tie for second at the PING/Welch’s Championship in Boston.
  • In 1993, best performance was a tie for third at the Youngstown-Warren LPGA Classic.
  • In 1992, tied for second at the McDonald’s Championship; was officially inducted as the 12th member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame on Jan. 18 in Boston; was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
  • In 1991, captured a total of four LPGA titles; had back-to-back wins at the SAFECO Classic and the MBS LPGA Classic, which marked the first back-to-back wins in her career; her sudden-death playoff victory against Rosie Jones at the SAFECO Classic enabled her to become the first player to reach the $4 million mark in career earnings; the MBS LPGA Classic was the 30th victory of her career and gained Bradley entrance into the LPGA Tour’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
  • In 1990, won three LPGA events and finished fifth on the money list; her victory at the Oldsmobile Classic came by way of a sudden-death playoff with Dale Eggeling; hit the first shot at the first Solheim Cup as a member of the U.S. Team; became the first player to reach the $3 million mark in career earnings with her win at the Standard Register Turquoise Classic.
  • In 1989, upon returning to the LPGA Tour following her bout with Graves Disease, won the Ai Star/Centinela Hospital Classic.
  • In 1988, was diagnosed as having hyperthyroidism (Graves Disease); best finish was a tie for 11th at the Hawaiian Ladies Open.
  • In 1987, won the Standard Register Turquoise Classic and had six additional top-10 finishes.
  • In 1986, won five LPGA titles, including three major championships—Nabisco Dinah Shore, LPGA Championship and the du Maurier Ltd. Classic (where she defeated Ayako Okamoto in a sudden-death playoff); is the only player to capture three of the four modern-day majors in a single season; her win at the LPGA Championship made her the third player to complete the LPGA Career Grand Slam (Suggs, Wright were others; Juli Inkster joined the group in 1999, Karrie Webb in 2001 and Annika Sorenstam in 2003); at the Chrysler Plymouth Classic became the first player to reach the $2 million mark in career earnings.
  • In 1985, won three tournaments, including her second du Maurier Classic; defeated Amy Alcott in a sudden-death playoff to win the LPGA National Pro-Am; narrowly missed out on a fourth tournament victory, losing to Val Skinner in a sudden-death playoff at the Konica San Jose Classic.
  • In 1984, was a runner-up five times: finished second at the Uniden LPGA Invitational, Women’s Kemper Open and Nabisco Dinah Shore (where she lost in a sudden-death playoff to Juli Inkster); tied for second at the LPGA Championship and Smirnoff Irish Ladies Open.
  • In 1983, captured four tournament titles, including a sudden-death playoff win over Beth Daniel at the Columbia Savings Classic; recorded a hole-in-one at the U.S. Women’s Open; crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings at the Nabisco Dinah Shore.
  • In 1982, best finish was fourth place at the Mazda Japan Classic.
  • In 1981, captured two tournament victories: Women’s Kemper Open and U.S. Women’s Open.
  • In 1980, won the Greater Baltimore Classic and the first of her six majors, the Peter Jackson Classic.
  • In 1979, was a runner-up at the Otey Crisman Classic, Golden Lights Championship, Barth Classic and Honda Civic Classic, where she tied for second.
  • In 1978, recorded the first of eight multiple-win seasons by winning the Lady Keystone Classic, Hoosier Classic and Rail Charity Classic.
  • In 1977, won the Bankers Trust Classic and finished second three times; recorded a hole-in-one at the Colgate Far East Open.
  • In 1976, captured the first of 31 career victories at the Girl Talk Classic, where she defeated Judy Rankin, Bonnie Lauer and Sandra Post on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff; finished second six times, including a sudden-death playoff loss to Jane Blalock at the Wheeling Classic.
    In 1975, lost in a sudden-death playoff to Sandra Haynie at the Greater Ft. Myers Classic; won the Colgate-Far East Ladies Open in Melbourne, Australia (an unofficial event).
  • In 1974, turned professional and qualified for the Tour by winning the January LPGA Qualifying Tournament; top finish was fifth at the Portland Ladies Classic.

    Amateur
    A New Englander by birth, Bradley’s amateur resume was compiled in her native area. She won the New Hampshire Amateur in 1967 and 1969 and the New England Amateur from 1972-73. As a member of the Florida International University (FIU) golf team, Bradley was named an All-American in 1970. She tied for 12th as an amateur at the 1973 Burdine’s Invitational on the LPGA Tour.

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