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2x Rolex Player of the Year (1986, 1991), 2x Vare Trophy recipient (1986, 1991)
Pat Bradley started playing golf at age 5 and went on to win the 1967 and 1969 New Hampshire Amateur and the 1972 and 1973 New England Amateur. She played collegiate golf at the Florida International University and was named an All-American in 1970.
Bradley joined the LPGA Tour in 1974, winning her first LPGA Tour title two years later at the 1976 Girl Talk Classic. She won multiple times in the same season for the first time in 1978 (three) but shined in the 80s. She won her first two major titles in 1980 (du Maurier Classic) and 1981 (U.S. Women’s Open). In 1986, Bradley won three of the LPGA Tour’s four majors (the du Maurier Classic, Chevron Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship), winning her first Player of the Year and Vare Trophy honors that season as well. After being diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 1988, Bradley went on to win nine more times to bring her total wins to 31 by the end of 1995. She was also a three-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member (1990, 1992, 1996) and was the captain of the 2000 squad.
Bradley was inducted into the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame in 1991 and was also inducted into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame in 2018. Her awards also include the 1986 GWAA Female Player of the Year, 1991 LPGA Founders Award and the discontinued LPGA Patty Berg Award in 2001. In 2000, she was recognized as one of the LPGA’s Top-50 players and teachers in honor of the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary.