The big-hitting "Miss Sluggs" posted 58 wins and 11 major championships, plus wins at the U.S. and British amateurs. She also provided one of the philosophies behind the building of this Top 50 ranking. Suggs once explained in an interview about the earlest days of the LPGA Tour: "Our fields were filled out with local amateurs, because that was the only way to build a tournament. We had maybe 15, 20 pros and that's it." The LPGA has seen much greater depth and competitiveness with each succeeding group of golfers. That's why the farther back you go in women's golf (and men's, albeit not to the same extent), you have to apply a bit of discount to the numbers. Still, 58 wins and 11 majors - discount or not - is pretty good stuff.
9. Betsy King
In her first seven years on Tour, King didn't win once. Then she won at least once each of the next 10 years, with plenty of seconds, thirds, Top 10s, scoring titles, money titles and Player of the Year awards to boot.
8. Patty Berg
In 1935, she faced Glenna Collett Vare in the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur. In 1980, when Beth Daniel was in her second year as a pro, Berg played for the final time on the LPGA Tour. She is credited with 60 wins by the LPGA. Fifteen of them (the women's record) were majors - although 14 of those were evenly split between the Titleholders and Western Open, tour tournaments long since defunct.
7. Karrie Webb
The question to consider isn't whether Webb belongs this high this fast, but just how high she'll eventually get. My guess is when her career ends, she'll be at No. 4 in my rankings.
6. JoAnne Carner
Karrie Webb played her way into the Hall of Fame in her 20s. In her 20s, Carner won five U.S. Women's Amateurs - she didn't turn pro until age 30. Yet she still won 43 Tour events, plus a slew of awards, money titles and scoring titles.