The professional career of Mickey Wright stretched from 1954 to 1969
LPGA Tour legend Mickey Wright, who won 82 titles, including 13 majors, died at the age of 85.
The American's three major victories in one year have been matched only by Babe Zaharias (1950), Pat Bradley (1986) and Inbee Park (2013).
"We have lost a legend, but perhaps we have also lost the best swing in golf history today," said LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan.
"Our thoughts are with her family and friends."
Kathy Whitworth, who won a record of 88 LPGA titles, added: "She has contributed so much to my career success and to my life as well.
" What a blessing to be next to Mickey to play. It was impossible to be with her without knowing that she was very special. "
Wright & # 39; s collection of 13 major wins included four US Women & # 39; s Open titles and four US Women & # 39; s PGA Championships and has only been improved by the 15 claimed by fellow American Patty Berg, who died in 2006.
She retired at the age of 34, referring to the pressure of being constantly monitored.
In an interview in 2000 said she: "It was a lot of pressure to be in conflict week after week for five to six years.
"I think they call it burnout now, but it has exhausted me. Unless you are a golfer, you cannot understand the excitement and pressure of tournament play.
" I am not really good in the sense of standing in front of people, praising them and loving them. I think you should love that to make that kind of pressure bearable. It finally came to a place where it could not be tolerated. "