Patty Berg life and biography

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Patty Berg biography

Date of birth : 1918-02-13
Date of death : 2006-09-10
Birthplace : Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-10-06
Credited as : woman professional golfer, LPGA tour, World Golf Hall of Fame

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Patty Berg was one of the pioneers of women's professional golf, and to this day is credited with more wins in women's majors than any other golfer.

Patricia Jane Berg was an American professional golfer and a founding member and then leading player on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Her 15 major title wins remains the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Major Championships:
Professional: 15
• U.S. Women's Open: 1946
• Western Open: 1941, 1943, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1958
• Titleholders: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1957

Amateur: 1
• U.S. Women's Amateur: 1938

Awards and Honors:
• Member, World Golf Hall of Fame
• Member, Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame
• Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, 1938, 1943, 1955
• LPGA Tour money leader 1954, 1955, 1957
• LPGA Tour scoring leader 1953, 1955, 1956
• Member, U.S. Curtis Cup team, 1936, 1938

Her first appearance on the national stage came in 1935, when she reached the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur as a 17-year-old, before losing to Glenna Collett Vare.
Berg won her first major championship, the 1937 Titleholders, as an amateur. She would win the Titleholders seven more times, the last coming in 1957. Berg also won the Women's Western Open seven times, the first in 1941 and last in 1958. Those account for 14 of her 15 career major titles, the other one being the 1946 U.S. Women's Open - the first year that tournament was played.
Berg turned pro in 1940, but when America entered World War II she joined the Navy and served in the Marines until 1945.

Berg played professionally on the Women's Professional Golf Association (WPGA) tour, the precursor to the LPGA. She helped found the LPGA in 1948 and served as its first president.

Over the years, Berg competed while also barnstorming the U.S. by car conducting clinics on behalf of Wilson Sporting Goods. By her estimation, Berg led more than 10,000 clinics in her lifetime. And she was known for having all the shots herself. Berg wasn't a long hitter, but she had a terrific short game and was known as one of the best shotmakers.

Berg was a major force on the course during the first decade of the LPGA Tour, winning majors, money titles and scoring titles. Her last win on tour was in 1962, but she continued playing the occasional tournament even after cancer surgery in 1971. Her final appearance on tour didn't come until 1980, when she was 62. Hip replacement surgery that year finally led her to hang up her spikes.

But Berg never stopped playing golf with friends, and continued to enjoy the game into her seventies. She also continued setting up and teaching at golf clinics all over the world.

The LPGA annually awards the Patty Berg Award, established in 1978, to "the lady golfer who has made the greatest contribution to women's golf during the year."

Berg was one of the original members of the Women's Golf Hall of Fame in 1951, and was also in the first class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

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