Largest Margins of Victory in LPGA Tour History

What are the biggest winning margins ever in LPGA Tour tournaments? The LPGA plays tournaments of both 72 holes (four rounds) and 54 holes (three rounds) in length. So we've included the record for both below. But the overall record is 14 strokes, shared by two golfers: one of them an all-time great, the other whose 14-shot win was also her only LPGA win.

Won By Most Strokes, 72-Hole LPGA Tournament

  • 14 strokes — Louise Suggs in the 1949 U.S. Women's Open, played at Prince George's Country Club in Landover, Maryland
  • 14 strokes — Cindy Mackey in the 1986 MasterCard International Pro-Am, played at Knollwood Country Club in Westchester County, New York
  • 12 strokes — Babe Zaharias in the 1954 U.S. Women's Open, played at Peabody Country Club in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 12 strokes — Mickey Wright in the 1960 Memphis Women's Open, played at Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 12 strokes — Kathy Whitworth in the 1966 Milwaukee Jaycee Open, played at Tuckaway Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 12 strokes — Cristie Kerr in the 2010 LPGA Championship, played at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York
The runner-up to Louise Suggs, who shares the record winning margin of 14 strokes, at the 1949 U.S. Women's Open was Babe Zaharias. When Zaharias won the 1954 U.S. Women's Open by 12 strokes, the runner-up was Betty Hicks. Suggs, though, was in third place, 16 shots behind.

Suggs is one of the all-time LPGA Tour greats, and today the tour's Rookie of the Year Award is named after her. Suggs shares this record with Cindy Mackey, who won exactly once on the LPGA Tour, but by 14 strokes. Hey, if you're only going to win once, make it something special.

Aside from Mackey, the other five golfers listed above, plus the three listed below, are all-timers. (Suggs' win in 1949 pre-dates, by one year, the founding of the LPGA Tour. But all U.S. Women's Open winners are credited by the LPGA with official tour victories, so we've included Suggs on the list.)

Won By Most Strokes, 54-Hole LPGA Tournament

  • 12 strokes — Betsy Rawls in the 1954 St. Louis Women's Open, played at Glen Echo Country Club in Normandy, Missouri
  • 11 strokes — Jan Stephenson in the 1981 Mary Kay Classic, played at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas, Texas
  • 11 strokes — Annika Sorenstam in the 2002 Kellogg-Keebler Classic, played at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois

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