In the earliest days of the LPGA, Zaharias was the tour's Tiger Woods, a larger-than-life figure who transcended her sport. In 1950, she won what was then the Grand Slam of women's golf -- the U.S. Women's Open, the Titleholders Championship, and the Women's Western Open, then came back and won a second-consecutive money title in 1951. Diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953, Zaharias had invasive surgery to remove her colon, but still returned to the women's tour in 1954. Remarkably she won five times that year, including the U.S. Women's Open, when she survived 36 holes on Saturday to win by 12 strokes. She died two years later.
-- *Sam Weinman
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