In the world of professional golf, women have been around for some time now. There has been at least one woman golfer at each of the last ten significant championships. In that time, many great players have emerged as champions and role models for young girls who aspire to play on a global stage. That being said, here are 27 of the hottest women golfers that you should know about.
Table of Contents
- 1. Natalie Gulbis
- 2. Carly Booth
- 3. Sydnee Michaels
- 4. Paula Creamer
- 5. Natalia Ghilzon
- 6. Kathleen Ekey
- 7. Demi Runas
- 8. Jessica Korda
- 9. Nikki Garrett
- 10. Sharmila Nicollet
- 11. Belen Mozo
- 12. Melissa Reid
- 13. Lexi Thompson
- 14. Michelle Wie
- 15. Beatriz Recari Eransus
- 16. Paige Spiranac
- 17. Muni He
- 18. Lucy Robson
- 19. Blair O’Neil
- 20. Cheyenne Woods
- 21. Anna Rawson
- 22. Maria Verchenova
- 23. Valeria Ochoa
1. Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis was born on January 7, 1983, in Sacramento, California. She is a professional golfer from the United States who competes on the LPGA Tour. She has won nine events on the LPGA Tour, including one major title, the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Natalie Gulbis attended the University of Arizona. She had an interest in golf at a very early age, and by the time she was 12, she was playing competitively on the local youth circuit. After graduating from high school, Natalie Gulbis made her LPGA Tour debut in 2003. Though she missed the cut on her first attempt, she won back-to-back events in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Natalie Gulbis had her breakout year when she won six of her nine events and became the 2nd youngest winner on tour at 22 years old. In 2010, she was runner-up at The Kraft Nabisco Championship and tied for first with Laura Davies and Karrie Webb at the LPGA Championship. She won the Vare Trophy as the low-scoring player at the PGA Championship in 2011.
2. Carly Booth
Carly Booth was born on June 21, 1992, in Comrie. She is an American professional golfer. She is the daughter of Scottish professional golfer Colin Booth. Booth played college golf at Georgia Tech and represented Georgia in the 2010 Espirito Santo Trophy. She won the European Ladies’ Amateur in 2012 and played for Europe’s victorious 2013 Solheim Cup team. That year she also cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her first LPGA Tour event. In 2014, Carly Booth qualified for the U.S. She is most well-known for winning the season-ending CME Group Title in 2014. She will be taking part in the U.S. Open for the first time in her career in 2016.
3. Sydnee Michaels
Sydnee Michaels was born on June 15, 1988, in Upland, California. She is an American professional golfer. Sydnee Michaels attended San Diego State University in her hometown, playing for the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference (M.W.) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); she earned three all-conference honors.
After graduating, Sydnee became a member of the Futures Tour in 2012 and won her first professional event at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club. In 2013, Michaels won the title of the Mizuno Women’s Australian Open. In 2014, she became a member of the LPGA Tour. In 2015, Michaels won the title of the CME Group Title, her first PGA Tour victory as a professional. In 2016 she was runner-up at The Evian Championship and won her second major title at The Kia Classic.
4. Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer was born on July 5, 1986, in Mountain View, California. She is a professional golfer. She is a former USGA junior champion and played college golf at Stanford University. She attended Northridge High School in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. She played for Stanford University, where she led the Pac-12 in scoring in 2008 and 2009 and earned All-Pac-10 first-team honors in both years and Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in 2009. In her junior year, Paula Creamer took first place in the United States.
She is a professional golfer from the United States who competes primarily on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET). Creamer became a professional in 2003, topping the Rookie of the Year money list with over $1 million in earnings. She has won two major championships: the 2010 U.S. Open and the 2011 Women’s PGA Championship (the first time for either gender).
5. Natalia Ghilzon
Natalia Ghilzon was born on May 18, 1990, in London. She is a professional golfer and has Argentine and Italian nationality. She started golfing at the age of 7 with her father, and she achieved a handicap of +1 by the age of 9. In 2009 she began playing for the Ladies European Tour. Natalia Ghilzon is best known for winning the LPGA Tour Championship in 2013 and 2014 and finishing runner-up to Annika Sörenstam at the 2012 Women’s PGA Championship. Her first win came on July 19, 2013, with a victory at the Kia Classic before adding three more wins during the 2014 season, including one major championship win at The Evian Championship.
6. Kathleen Ekey
Kathleen Ekey’s date of birth is November 8, 1986, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ekey graduated from Lake Catholic High School in 2006 before attending Ohio State University, where she played for the Buckeyes women’s golf team from 2006 to 2009, captaining her last two years. As a freshman in 2006, Ekey was the team’s low player at the Big Ten tournament and also finished 35th at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors. That summer, she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championship. Ekey was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur before winning the 2008 NCAA Women’s Division I Championship by three strokes over teammate Se Ri Pak and two strokes over Jenny Shin.
7. Demi Runas
Demi Runas was born on January 14, 1991, in Los Angeles. She is a professional golfer from Canada. She won her first race when she was eight years old, tournament eight, and joined the LPGA tour at thirteen, defeating Lexi Thompson by two shots at the 2005 Nordea Masters in Sweden. In 2007, Lexi Thompson avenged that defeat by winning the title at the same event in Sweden. Still, Demi Runas went on to win six LPGA events during her junior career, including three major championships: The Canadian Open (2007), Ladies Italian Open (2008), and Women’s British Open (2010).
She turned pro in 2010. She was a Canadian national golf team member that won the 2011 Espirito Santo Trophy by defeating South Korea 9-3 in the tournament finale. It was Canada’s first-ever World Cup title for any women’s team outside of North America or Europe. Demi Runas became the first Canadian to win an LPGA major championship when she won The Evian Championship on August 27, 2011.
8. Jessica Korda
Jessica Korda is a professional golfer from the United States. She was born in California on February 27, 1993, in Bradenton, Florida. She played college golf at the University of Central Florida. She was a four-time Academic All-Big East Conference honoree and a three-time All-Big East honoree, including Big East Player of the Year in 2016, 2016, and 2017. She went pro in 2013 and presently competes on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour and represents Team Canada in the Solheim Cup in October.
9. Nikki Garrett
Nikki Garrett has the date of birth on January 8, 1984, in Gosford, Australia. She is a professional golfer. She turned professional in 2006 and made the LPGA cut for the first time at the 2007 Lorena Ochoa Invitational, where she tied for 13th place. In 2008 she had her best year yet, winning on the way to advancing to a final round of 54-68 at that year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Winged Foot before missing a playoff by a stroke at The Evian Championship. She was formerly ranked as high as fifth in the Women’s World Golf Rankings, but her ranking dropped to 29th at the end of 2010. Garrett qualified for two events for Team Australia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
10. Sharmila Nicollet
Sharmila Nicollet is a professional golfer. She was born in Bengaluru, India, on March 12, 1991. Her parents are from Kerala and live in Bengaluru, where she was born and raised. She had turned professional in 2007. She competed for her country at the 2008 Women’s World Cup of Golf, where she finished 6th. Sharmila Nicollet has also played on the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour and is a member of Team Canada for the Solheim Cup every October. She has played on the US LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (2016) and is currently (2018) playing on the Japanese LPGA Tour.
11. Belen Mozo
Belen Mozo was born on September 25, 1988, in Cádiz, a Spanish golfer. It was in 2006 that she made it to the Ladies European Tour. She played at the Ladies’ European Tour for 14 seasons. She turned professional in 2006. One major championship victory has been the 2009 Women’s British Open which took place at Turnberry. She has competed at seven events on the LET since January 2017. Belen Mozo has won one title at the Ladies Scottish Open in 2012. She has also featured in 2 events on the LPGA tour since July 2017.
12. Melissa Reid
Melissa Reid is a professional golfer from Scotland. She was born on September 19, 1987, in Derby, England. Reid turned professional in 2006. She turned professional in 2005 and began playing on the Ladies European Tour in 2006. In 2010 she won her first event at the Porsche Golf Grand Prix of Europe, and by 2013 she had established herself as a leading figure on the Ladies European Tour, where she finished second that year behind compatriot Catrin Nilsmark to win her maiden title – the Australian Women’s Open. Another notable victory was at the 2012 Ladies Scottish Open, where for a third consecutive year, she became the only player to capture all four LET events.
In 2014 Melissa Reid became the only player to capture all four LET events after winning three outplace birth. Reid won the 2015 Women’s Ante-Post Bankia Open de España Femenino by four strokes over Soledad Villamón and Carlota Ciganda when she scored 61 in the final round.
13. Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson, also known as Lexi, was born on February 10, 1995, in Coral Springs, Florida. Lexi Thompson is a professional golfer from the United States who competes on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour. She began playing golf when she was three years old. At age 12, she won the 2006 Drive, Chip, and Putt competition at Augusta National Golf Club with 29 points, 13 under par for a course that is usually played par 72. Thompson turned professional in 2012 after winning the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, where she played the final 36 holes in 6 under par to defeat Lauren Chastain 4 & 3. She won her first major title in 2014 when she defeated Michelle Wie in a playoff at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She became the youngest winner of that tournament, which has been held every year since 1946. Her most recent win was at the 2017 LPGA Championship.
14. Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie is an American professional golfer. She was born on October 11, 1989, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Korean parents. Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour event at age 15 at the 2004 McDonald’s LPGA Championship on a sponsor exemption and became the youngest winner ever in an LPGA major, men or women. In 2005 she reached number one in the Women’s World Golf Rankings and held that position for 102 consecutive weeks. She was the second-youngest player ever to qualify for the LPGA Tour. She is also a member of Team USA in the Solheim Cup. Michelle Wie has won four LPGA events, including one major championship, and is ranked 20th in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
15. Beatriz Recari Eransus
Beatriz Recari Eransus is a Spanish golfer, and she was born on April 21, 1987, in Pamplona. She started her career when she was four years old. Uranus began her professional career in 2006 and has been a member of the Lady’s European Tour since 2007. She finished fourth at the 2008 EDF Energy Women’s British Open and was one of four players who played all 67 holes on the BMW International Ladies Golf Classic at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, held August 2–4, 2011, and won with a 78-hole score of 280 (the previous record had been 261). In 2016, she won her first title at the Women’s British Open. Her highest world ranking was No. 53, and she won the Spanish national championship in 2015.
16. Paige Spiranac
Paige Spiranac is a professional golfer from San Diego, California. On March 26, 1993, in Denver, Colorado, to parents of Sri Lankan descent. In 2011, she turned professional and joined the Ladies European Tour after finishing second in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. In 2012 Paige Spiranac played her first tournament as a member of the Ladies European Tour at The Girls’ British Open and finished tied for 25th place with rounds of 74-73-76-75=296 (+10). Paige Spiranac turned professional in 2013, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2014. Paige Spiranac won a major championship in 2017 when she defeated Ariya Jutanugarn at the ANA Inspiration, a PGA event outside of Orlando, Florida.
17. Muni He
Muni is a professional golfer from China. She was born in Chengdu on June 17, 1999. Muni turned professional in 2014, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2014. She won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2017 Italian Open by defeating Kim Hyo-Joo 6 & 4 in the playoff after shooting rounds of 71-68-70 to win by one shot over Kim Hyo-Joo ended up losing in a sudden-death playoff with Cristie Kerr. She went to the United States in 2016 and joined the Ladies European Tour after winning the 2016 LPGA Junior World Championship. She turned professional under the HNA Tour umbrella in 2018.
18. Lucy Robson
Lucy Robson is a professional golfer from England. She was born on April 27, 1997, in Manchester. Lucy Robson turned professional in July 2015. She had a successful amateur career, winning the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 2014 and reaching the 2015 European Ladies Amateur Championship final, where Felicia Parhofer of Germany defeated her. She turned professional in 2014, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2015.
19. Blair O’Neil
Blair O’Neil is a pro golfer, model. She was born on December 22, 2000, in Orlando, Florida. Blair O’Neil became the 11th female golf professional to earn her PGA of America card in 2016 after earning her Class A membership by winning her age-group title at the 2015 Women’s PGA Championship. She is a member of Team USA for the 2018 Solheim Cup. Blair earned two victories in 2017 on the LPGA Tour and one victory on the Symetra Tour in her professional career. Blair graduated from State College Area High School in 2016 and walked at graduation with a year of school remaining to pursue her golfing dreams.
20. Cheyenne Woods
Cheyenne Woods is a female golf player of American and Jamaican descent. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 25, 1990. Cheyenne Woods is the daughter of Tida Woods, who won 10 LPGA tournaments between 1979 and 1984, and the niece of Tiger Woods, who has won 79 tournaments on the PGA Tour.
Woods turned professional in 2009, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2010. She had a successful amateur career, winning the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship and reaching the 2007 British Ladies Amateur Open Championship final, where she lost to Melissa Reid from Scotland 3 & 2.
In 2013, she became the first woman to win both an NCAA individual championship (the 2010 UConn Huskies women’s golf team) and winning at Augusta National Golf Club (the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open). She won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2018 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City.
21. Anna Rawson
Anna Rawson was born on August 5, 1981, in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a professional golfer from Australia who has competed on the Lady’s European Tour since 2004. She won her first Ladies European Tour event at the 2008 Copa De Andalucía Costa del Sol and became one of three players who played all 67 holes on the BMW International Ladies Golf Classic at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, held August 2–4, 2011, and won with a 78-hole score of 280 (the previous record had been 261). She is a professional golfer with the Ladies’ European Tour.
22. Maria Verchenova
Maria Verchenova is a professional golfer from Russia. She was born on March 27, 1986, in Moscow. She turned professional in 2004, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2005. She won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2018 Brunei International. She is also a member of the Russian Solheim Cup team for 2016. In Spain, she won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2014 Hotel Villa de Benidorm Open de España Femenino.
23. Valeria Ochoa
Valeria Ochoa is a professional golfer from Mexico. She was born on October 13, 1989, in Guadalajara, Jalisco. She turned professional in 2007, and she has been playing on the Ladies’ European Tour since 2008; she was a member of the 2016 European Solheim Cup Team. She won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2017 Omega Dubai Ladies Classic. She won her first Ladies’ European Tour event at the 2010 KLM Open, and she has been a member of Team Europe in the 2012 Solheim Cup and at the 2014 edition, where she was not a member of the team.