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Top 50 Female Golfers of All-Time


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Top 50 Female Golfers: No. 25 to No. 21
Laura Davies

Big-hitting Laura Davies makes our Top 25 with wins all over the world.

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25. Meg Mallon
Like Hollis Stacy, Meg Mallon has 18 wins and four majors. But Mallon posted those titles in a career that spanned a slightly later time period on the LPGA Tour (and slightly later means slightly more depth on Tour), was better longer, and was better at her best.

24. Dottie Pepper
She won two majors, but Pepper's career victory total of 17 is the lowest of any golfer in our Top 25. So her career value is below anyone ranked ahead of her, and several of those ranked behind her. But her peak value was very high. From 1991-96, Pepper finished no lower than fifth on the money list and won 12 times. In 1992, she led in money and scoring and was Player of the Year. Pepper is another player whose career was first impacted, then ended early, by injuries.

23. Laura Davies
Twenty career wins on the LPGA Tour, four majors, around 30 wins on other tours, an LPGA money title, an LPGA Player of the Year award, and several Ladies European Tour money titles. Laura Davies clearly deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame, even though she sits two points short of automatic induction.

22. Lorena Ochoa
A 27-time winner, Ochoa had a breakout year in 2006 that followed on the heels of several seasons of consistent Top 10 play. A birdie machine, Ochoa set the LPGA record for most birdies in a year in 2004. In 2006, she won six times, ended Annika Sorenstam's 5-year run atop the money list, and won the Vare Trophy with the fourth-lowest scoring average in Tour history. And she earned Player of the Year honors. She won her first major at the 2007 Women's British Open. When she announced her retirement in 2010, Ochoa had won three money titles, four scoring titles and four Player of the Year awards.

21. Joyce Wethered
Wethered was the greatest female golfer of the pre-World War II era. Many rank Glenna Collett Vare ahead of her, but Wethered was the better player based on results and what her contemporaries said about her. The results: Vare and Wethered met in competition three times, and Wethered won all three times. The testimonials: Among others, Bobby Jones said he felt "outclassed" by Wethered's ballstriking. Her career was short, but dominating. She also ranks as one of the all-time best with a driver.

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