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|In 1963 she won eight tournaments. She was the LPGA's leading money winner from 1965 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1973. She was named the LPGA player of the year seven times (1966-1969, 1971-1973) and the Associated Press woman athlete of the year in 1965 and 1966. In 1969 Whitworth passed Mickey Wright to become the LPGA's leading all-time money winner; in 1981 she became the first woman golfer to pass the million-dollar mark for lifetime earnings. A seven-time recipient of the Vare Trophy for best average in the LPGA tour (1965-67, 1969-72), she won every major tournament on the tour except the U.S. Open. Her total of 88 career wins is a record for both men and women on the U.S. tours.
Whitworth was president of the LPGA in 1967, 1968, and 1971; in that position she worked to increase the commercial appeal of the ladies tour and consequently the size of purses offered. She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1975 and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
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