Who's who: Patty Sheehan

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Who's who: Patty Sheehan

  • Name:

    Patty Sheehan
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Oct 27, 1956 in Middlebury, Vermont.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1980
  • Website:

    https://www.pattysheehanandfriends.org

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (6): LPGA Ch'ship (1983, '84, '93); US Women's Open (1992, '94); Nabisco Dinah Shore (1996; became the ANA Inspiration). Curtis Cup player (1980). Solheim Cup player (1990, '92, '94, '96). Solheim Cup captain (2002, '03). Total professional wins (42), including LPGA Tour (35). LPGA Rookie of the Year (1981). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1993).

Did you know?

Although rated one of the top junior skiers in the USA, Sheehan was also an accomplished golfer, and was a runner-up at the 1979 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Sheehan attended college at the University of Nevada and San Jose State University, becoming the national collegiate golf champion in 1980.

After establishing a 4-0 record at the 1980 Curtis Cup, she turned professional and embarked on a highly successful LPGA Tour career that saw her win 35 titles, which included six major championships. Sheehan played on five Solheim Cup teams and captained the USA team in 2003.

Top tournaments won by Patty Sheehan

1996
Majors
281 (-7)
$135,000
Nabisco

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$135,000

Title sponsor

Nabisco

Played as the Nabisco Dinah Shore (25th) (March 28-31). Second-placed Kelly Robbins (USA), Meg Mallon (USA) and Annika Sörenstam (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA), who recorded the last of her six major championship wins and last of her 35 LPGA Tour wins. [Dinah Shore Tournament course, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA].

1995
America
Meridian Valley CC
274 (-14)
$75,000
Safeco

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Meridian Valley CC

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

Safeco

Played as the Safeco Classic (Sept 14-17). Second-placed Emilee Klein (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].

1995
America
Locust Hill CC
278 (-10)
$82,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$82,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rochester International (June 15-18). Second-placed Sherri Steinhauer (USA) finished 4 shots behind Sheehan (USA), who won this event for the fourth time. [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1994
Majors
Indianwood
277 (-7)
$155,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Indianwood

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$155,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (49th) (July 21-24). Second-placed Tammie Green (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA), who recorded the second of her two US Women's Open titles. [Old course, Indianwood G&CC, Lake Orion, Mich.].

1994
America
Stonebriar CC
13 skins
$285,000
JCPenney

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Stonebriar CC

Score

13 skins

Prize money

$285,000

Title sponsor

JCPenney

Played as the JCPenney LPGA Skins Game (unofficial LPGA Tr event). Sheehan (USA) won with a total of 13 skins worth $285,000 (at the time the highest first prize ever won by an LPGA Tour player). Second: defending champion Betsy King (USA) 5 skins worth $165,000. Brandie Burton (USA) and Nancy Lopez (USA) were both shutout with no skins. [Stonebriar CC, Frisco, nr Dallas, Texas].

1993
America
Moon Valley CC
275 (-17)
$105,000
Std Register/PING

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Moon Valley CC

Score

275 (-17)

Prize money

$105,000

Title sponsor

Std Register/PING

Played as the Standard Register PING Championship. Second-placed Dawn Coe-Jones (Can) and Kris Tschetter (USA) finished 5 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Moon Valley CC, Phoenix, Arizona].

1993
Majors
Bethesda CC
275 (-9)
$150,000
Mazda

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Bethesda CC

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

The Mazda LPGA Championship (39th) (June 10-13). Second-placed Lauri Merten (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA), who recorded her third win in this event. [Bethesda CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

1992
America
Highland Meadows
209 (-4)
$60,000
Jamie Farr

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Highland Meadows

Score

209 (-4)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

Jamie Farr

Played as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. Brandie Burton (USA), Tammie Green (USA), Heather Drew (USA) and Deb Richard (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA). [Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, nr Toledo, Ohio].

1992
Europe
207 (-12)
£50,000
Weetabix

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

207 (-12)

Prize money

£50,000

Title sponsor

Weetabix

Played as the Weetabix Women's British Open (Sept 24-27). Second-placed Corinne Dibnah (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Sheehan (USA), who completed the unique double of winning the British and US Open titles in the same year. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].

1992
America
Locust Hill CC
269 (-19)
$60,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rochester International. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 9 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1992
Majors
280 (-4)
$130,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$130,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Open (47th) (July 23-27). Sheehan (USA) beat Juli Inkster (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Sheehan 72 (+1), Inkster 74 (+3). This was the first of two US Women's Open titles won by Sheehan. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

1991
America
207 (-9)
$52,500
Orix

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

Orix

Played as the Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open. Second-placed and defending champion Beth Daniel (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sheehan. [Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].

1990
America
Meridian Valley CC
270 (-18)
$45,000
Safeco

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Meridian Valley CC

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

Safeco

Played as the Safeco Classic. Second-placed Deb Richard (USA) finished 9 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

212 (-1)

Prize money

$75,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Jamaica Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA), Lynn Connelly (USA) and Jane Geddes (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].

1990
America
DuPont CC
275 (-9)
$97,500
McDonald's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

DuPont CC

Score

275 (-9)

Prize money

$97,500

Title sponsor

McDonald's

Played as the McDonald's Championship. Second-placed Kristi Albers (USA), Ayako Okamoto (Jpn), Cathy Gerring (USA) and defending champion Betsy King (USA) finished 4 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [DuPont CC, Wilmington, Delaware].

1990
America
208 (-8)
$52,500
PING-Cellular One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

PING-Cellular One

Played as the PING-Cellular One Golf Championship. Second-placed Danielle Ammaccapane (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA). [Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Oregon].

1990
America
Locust Hill CC
271 (-17)
$60,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rochester International. Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 4 sots behind defending champion Sheehan (USA). [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1989
America
Locust Hill CC
278 (-10)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Locust Hill CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Rochester International. Sheehan (USA) beat Ayaka Okamoto (Jpn) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Locust Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1988
Asia
Musashigaoka CC
206 (-10)
US$67,500
Mazda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Musashigaoka CC

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

US$67,500

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Sheehan (USA) beat Liselotte Neumann (Swe) in a playoff. [Musashigaoka CC, Hanno, Saitama, Japan].

1988
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
282 (-6)
$33,750
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sarasota Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) and Jody Rosenthal (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1986
America
Almaden G&CC
212 (-4)
$41,250
Konica

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

212 (-4)

Prize money

$41,250

Title sponsor

Konica

Played as the Konica San Jose Classic. Sheehan (USA) beat Betsy King (USA), Amy Alcott (USA) and Ayako Okamoto (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Almaden G&CC, San Jose, California].

1986
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
279 (-9)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sarasota Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) and Juli Inkster (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Sheehan (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1986
America
Bernardo Heights CC
278 (-10)
$30,000
Kyocera

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Bernardo Heights CC

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Kyocera

Played as the Kyocera Inamori Classic. Second-placed Pat Bradley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA). [Bernardo Heights CC, San Diego, CA].

1985
America
Bent Tree CC, FL
278 (-10)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Bent Tree CC, FL

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Sarasota Classic. Second-placed Nancy Lopez (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA). [Bent Tree CC, nr Sarasota, Florida].

1985
America
275 (-13)
$30,000
J&B Whisky

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

J&B Whisky

Played as the J&B Scotch Pro-Am. Second-placed Alice Miller (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada; at the time known as Desert Inn CC. Earlier rounds also at Las Vegas CC].

1984
Awards
71.40
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Score

71.40

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Sheehan (USA) won the Vare Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.

1984
America
White Manor CC
281 (-7)
$52,500
McDonald's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

White Manor CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

McDonald's

Played as the McDonald's Kids Classic. Second-placed Amy Alcott (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [White Manor CC, Malvern, nr Philadelphia, PA].

1984
America
280 (-8)
$25,250
Elizabeth Arden

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$25,250

Title sponsor

Elizabeth Arden

Played as the Elizabeth Arden Classic. Second-placed Sherri Turner (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1984
Majors
Kings Island
272 (-16)
$37,500
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Kings Island

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$37,500

Title sponsor

LPGA

The LPGA Championship (30th) (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed Beth Daniel (USA) and Pat Bradley (USA) finished 10 shots behind defending champion Sheehan (USA), who recorded her second major championship win. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].

1984
America
Willow Creek, NC
277 (-11)
$27,000
Henredon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Willow Creek, NC

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$27,000

Title sponsor

Henredon

Played as the Henredon Classic. Second-placed Dot Germain (USA) and JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Sheehan (USA). [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].

1983
America
Corning CC
272 (-16)
$22,500
Corning

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Corning CC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Corning

Played as the LPGA Corning Classic. Second-placed Cindy Hill (USA) finished 8 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Corning CC, Corning, nr Elmira, New York].

1983
America
Willow Creek, NC
272 (-16)
$27,000
Henredon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Willow Creek, NC

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$27,000

Title sponsor

Henredon

Played as the Henredon Classic. Second-placed and defending champion JoAnne Carner finished 4 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Willow Creek CC, High Point, North Carolina; now known as the Willow Creek course of High Point CC].

1983
Majors
Kings Island
279 (-9)
$30,000
LPGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Kings Island

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

LPGA

The LPGA Championship (29th) (June 9-12). Second-placed Sandra Haynie (USA) finished 2 shots behind Sheehan (USA), who started the final round seven shots behind the 54-hole leader Haynie. [Grizzly course, The Golf Center at Kings Island, Mason, OH].

1983
Awards
61 pts
n/a
LPGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Score

61 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Sheehan (USA) won the LPGA Tour Player of the Year Award, based on a points system for top 10 finishes and performance in Majors.

1983
America
209 (-7)
$26,250
Inamori

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Inamori

Played as the Inamori Classic. Second-placed Juli Inkster (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Sheehan (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].

1982
America
Meridian Valley CC
276 (-12)
$26,250
Safeco

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Meridian Valley CC

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$26,250

Title sponsor

Safeco

Played as the inaugural Safeco Classic. Second-placed JoAnne Carner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sheehan (USA). [Meridian Valley CC, Kent, nr Seattle, WA].

1982
America
Rio Pinar CC
209 (-7)
$22,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Rio Pinar CC

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Orlando Lady Classic. Sheehan (USA) beat Kathy Postlewait (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole, to record her second LPGA Tour win. [Rio Pinar CC, Orlando, Florida].

1982
America
Almaden G&CC
277 (-15)
$22,500
Inamori

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Almaden G&CC

Score

277 (-15)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

Inamori

Played as the Inamori Classic. Second-placed Joyce Kazmierski (USA) finished 3 shots behind Sheehan (USA). [Almaden G&CC, San Jose, CA].

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

Title sponsor

LPGA Tr

Sheehan (USA) won the LPGA Tour 1981 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player.

1981
Asia
213 (-9)
US$30,000
Mazda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Sheehan, Patty

Score

213 (-9)

Prize money

US$30,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Japan Classic (LPGA & Jpn LPGA Trs event). Beth Daniel (USA) finished in second place behind Sheehan (USA). [Sagamihara GC, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan].

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