Wednesday, February 19

Mickey Wright: 'Watching the Earth in Orbit With a Golf Club in My Hands'



BEN HOGAN AND BYRON NELSON said she had the best golf swing they ever saw. That would be Mickey Wright, who died on Monday.

For USGA.org, Lisa D Mickey wrote:
Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright, winner of 82 LPGA Tour events and 13 major championships, including a record-tying four U.S. Women's Opens, died from a heart attack on Feb. 17 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., three days after her 85th birthday.
Wright was regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the game's history. In a four-year span between 1961 and 1964, Wright won 44 tournaments, including eight major championships. She finished either first or second in more than half of the events she entered during this stretch. World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson called it "the best run anybody has ever had in golf." 
Wright possessed a swing hailed by legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson as the greatest of all-time – male or female. It combined power, athleticism, rhythm and flowing grace, producing maximum clubhead speed and extension through impact. She was one of the longest hitters of her era, producing high, soaring fairway-wood and long-iron shots that separated her from her peers.
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"When I play my best golf, I feel as if I'm in a fog, standing back watching the earth in orbit with a golf club in my hands."
Mickey Wright
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Wright was among an impressive group of tour pros that hailed from San Diego, including Billy Casper, Phil Mickelson, Gene Littler and Craig Stadler.

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