Kathy Whitworth, whose 88 LPGA Tour victories are essentially the most ever by a participant on a professional tour, handed away out of the blue on Saturday whereas celebrating Christmas Eve with household and associates, her longtime companion Bettye Odle mentioned. She was 83.
“It’s with a coronary heart full of affection that we let everybody know of the passing of the winningest golf skilled ever, Kathy Whitworth,” Ms Odle mentioned in an announcement launched on Sunday night time.
“Kathy left this world the best way she lived her life, loving, laughing and creating recollections.”
The reason for demise and placement weren’t disclosed.
Raised in Jal, New Mexico, Whitworth first started enjoying golf on the age of 15 together with her grandfather’s golf equipment and after profitable titles as an beginner and attending Odessa School in Texas, turned professional at 19 and joined the LPGA Tour.
“I used to be actually lucky in that I knew what I wished to do,” Whitworth mentioned in a remembrance printed on the LPGA Tour’s web site.
“Golf simply grabbed me by the throat. I can not inform you how a lot I cherished it. I used to assume everybody knew what they wished to do once they have been 15 years outdated.”