Date of birth: Oct. 27, 1956
Place of birth: Middlebury, Vermont
Kraft Nabisco Championship: 1996
LPGA Championship: 1983, 1984, 1993
U.S. Women's Open: 1992, 1994
Awards and Honors:
Vare Trophy (low scoring average), 1984
Member, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996
Captain, U.S. Solheim Cup team, 2002, 2004
Member, U.S. Curtis Cup team, 1980
Member, Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame
Member, National High School Hall of Fame
Recipient, Patty Berg Award, 2002
Former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw: "Patty is a truly special lady, one of the best players in LPGA history and a classy example of success and excellence in the world of golf."
Patty Sheehan Biography:
After all that amateur success, Sheehan turned pro in 1980. She won Rookie of the Year honors on the LPGA Tour in 1981 with her first professional victory coming at the Mazda Japan Classic.
Sheehan was strong throughout the 1980s, winning four times in both 1983 and '84, and winning the LPGA Championship in both seasons.
She really reached the heights of stardom in the early '90s, starting off the decade with five wins in 1990. She won the U.S. Women's Open in '92 and '93, the LPGA Championship in '94, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in '96 - what would prove to be her final LPGA victory.
Sheehan suffered a terrible loss personally in 1989, when her home and possessions were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake. And she suffered a terrible professional loss in 1990, when - after holding an 11-shot lead during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open - she lost it all, and the tournament, to Betsy King.
But Sheehan rebounded both times, proving her mettle on the course by birdying the final two holes of regulation at the 1992 Women's Open to tie Juli Inkster, then winning the playoff. She won the Women's British Open later that year, but that event was not yet classified as a major.
Sheehan qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning her 30th tournament in 1993.
Sheehan finished in the Top 10 on the LPGA money list every year from 1982-93; while she never led, she did finish second five times in that span.