Rosie Jones

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Rosie Jones (born November 13, 1959) is an American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour career victories and nearly $8.4 million in tournament earnings.

Amateur career

Jones was born in Santa Ana, California. In her amateur career, she was a three time New Mexico Junior Champion (1974–76) and won the New Mexico State Championship in 1979.

Jones attended Ohio State University where in 1981 she was an AIAW All-American.

Professional career

Jones qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for seventh at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in July 1982.

Jones's best position on the LPGA money list was third in 1988, when she was tied as the winning-most player with three victories, including the LPGA World Championship; she won that championship with a one-shot victory over Liselotte Neumann, that year's U.S. Open champion. She completed her career with thirteen LPGA Tour titles. She also played for the United States in the Solheim Cup seven times. She placed second in a major tournament four times (1984 U.S. Open; 1991 LPGA Championship; 2000 du Maurier Classic; 2005 Kraft Nabisco Championship), but never won a major tournament.

Jones achieved back-to-back wins in 1996-97 at the LPGA Corning Classic, earning her the nickname "Queen of Corning"; she is also that tournament's all-time money leader "by a wide margin."

At the conclusion of the 2006 U.S. Women's Open, in which she finished tied for 57th, she retired from competitive golf; as a symbol of her departure she removed her golf shoes, visor, and glove and placed them on the side of the 18th green.

Since retiring from full-time play, Jones has competed on the Legends Tour, winning two of the five non-team tournaments in 2007. She has also worked as a commentator for the Golf Channel. She came out of retirement in 2008 to play the Corning Classic on a sponsor's exemption. She missed the cut by four strokes.

In 2009, she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open; she missed the cut at the tournament by three strokes.

In February 2010, Jones was named the captain of the U.S. team for the 2011 Solheim Cup.

Personal life

In 2004, Jones came out publicly as lesbian, an announcement timed with her acceptance of a sponsorship from Olivia, a travel agency that targets lesbians. Among people who knew her, she had been out since the late 1970s.

Professional wins (24)

LPGA Tour wins (13)

LPGA Tour playoff record (5–4)

Ladies European Tour (2)

  • 1982 (2) United Friendly Worthing Open, Open De España Femenino

Other wins (1)

  • 1997 Gillette Tour Challenge (with Juli Inkster)

Legends Tour wins (8)

  • 2007 Wendy's Charity Challenge, Legends Tour Open Championship
  • 2009 Kinoshita Pearl Classic
  • 2010 Legends Tour Open Championship
  • 2012 Walgreens Charity Classic
  • 2013 Harris Golf Charity Classic
  • 2014 Wendy's Charity Challenge
  • 2017 Wendy's Charity Classic

Results in LPGA majors

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary

  • Starts – 92
  • Wins – 0
  • 2nd-place finishes – 4
  • 3rd-place finishes – 4
  • Top 3 finishes – 8
  • Top 5 finishes – 13
  • Top 10 finishes – 28
  • Top 25 finishes – 52
  • Missed cuts – 13
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 23
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 6

LPGA Tour career summary

Team appearances

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing the United States): 1990 (winners), 1996 (winners), 1998 (winners), 2000, 2002 (winners), 2003, 2005 (winners)
  • Handa Cup (representing the United States): 2006 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2008 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2010 (winners), 2011 (winners), 2012 (tie, Cup retained), 2013, 2014 (winners), 2015 (winners)

See also

  • List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Rosie Jones at the LPGA Tour official site
  • Rosie Jones at the Legends Tour official site

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