The Titleholders Championship was a women's golf tournament played from in 1937 to 1966 and again in 1972. It was later designated a major championship by the LPGA Tour.
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It should not be confused with two other LPGA events with similar names:
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|1951||Pat O'Sullivan (a)||301||1,500|
|1949||Peggy Kirk (a)||299|
|1947||Babe Zaharias (a)||304||300|
|1946||Louise Suggs (a)||314|
|1942||Dorothy Kirby (a)||239^|
|1941||Dorothy Kirby (a)||224^|
|1940||Helen Hicks (a)||336|
|1939||Patty Berg (a)||319|
|1938||Patty Berg (a)||311|
|1937||Patty Berg (a)||240^|
(a) - denotes amateur
PO - won in playoff
^ - 54 holes
This table lists the golfers who have won more than one Titleholders Championship.
|Deceased golfer †|
|Grand Slam winners ‡|
|Deceased Grand Slam winners ∞|
|Patty Berg †||7||1937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1957|
|Louise Suggs ∞||4||1946, 1954, 1956, 1959|
|Babe Zaharias †||3||1947, 1950, 1952|
|Dorothy Kirby †||2||1941, 1942|
|Mickey Wright ‡||2||1961, 1962|
|Marilynn Smith||2||1963, 1964|
|Kathy Whitworth||2||1965, 1966|
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