November 23, 2015

What, were you thinking the top spot should go to another Stanford golfer whose last name begins with W? We agree — just not in Cally. We’re saving Tiger Woods for the state he has called home for the bulk of his blockbuster career. And Phil Mickelson? While we stand in awe of the San Diego native’s 42 PGA Tour wins and five majors, he falls just short of a player who might well be the greatest female golfer ever and with a swing that Ben Hogan said was the best he ever saw, period. Wright, also from San Diego, rang up 82 wins (currently second all-time), including 13 majors, yet walked away from pro golf at age 34. The only woman with more wins, Kathy Whitworth, opined that Wright would have won 100 titles had she kept playing. Billy Casper, Johnny Miller, Gene Littler — supreme talents all. But none matched Mickey.