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The following year she won tournaments in Europe, USA and Japan and became the first woman ever to win tournaments on all three major Tours in one year - a feat only equalled that year in the men's game by Seve Ballesteros.
This success prompted H.M. Queen Elizabeth II to recognise Laura's achievements in golf by awarding her an M.B.E in 1988. In accepting the award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Laura missed both the practice days and the Pro-Am of the Biarritz Open. Arriving late on the Wednesday of the tournament and not having seen the golf course before, Laura nevertheless collected the winner's trophy on the Sunday afternoon. Laura was further awarded the CBE in 2000, a testament to her continued outstanding career success.
In 1994 Laura became the first European player to be ranked number one in the world. She also became the first non-American player to finish top of the US LPGA Money List. During that year she won seven tournaments around the world, and in doing so collected over $1 million in prize money. Most Professional golfers play between 20 and 30 tournaments per year but, by the end of 1994, Laura had played close to 40.
Laura has been the lynchpin of every European Solheim Cup team and she has helped steer Europe to two outstanding victories at Dalmahoy in 1994 and Loch Lomond in 2000. The most memorable of these was probably the 1994 matches where over the three days Laura was the only player to win all her matches.
1995 started, and finished, in much the same vein. Laura again won seven tournaments and broke yet another record in leading both the US LPGA and WPGET Order of Merits simultaneously. Sadly she did not manage to finish the year in this position; something that was actually achieved by fellow European Annika Sorenstam. Laura's winning score of 25 under-par in the Irish Open was also a world record, as was actually winning the tournament by 16 strokes.
True to form, Laura managed to break another record in 1996, this time by earning the most ever prize money in one year. In 1997, she became the first female professional ever to win the same tournament four years in succession when she captured the Standard Register Ping Championship in Phoenix. The only two players to do this previously are Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen. This was her 50th win as a professional, something that Laura secretly hoped to achieve when she first started out on tour. Now with 64 tournament wins to her name she is knocking on the door of the US LPGA’s Hall of Fame, and she would be the first Brit ever to achieve this.
Laura’s longest drive was during the JC Penny Skins game in 1998 when she launched a ball 378 yards off the tee. It is her relaxed approach and evident love of the game that enables her to lead her life at this pace. On winning the Thailand Open in 1994 she presented her female caddy with the diamond necklace she won - a more generous and down-to-earth person would be difficult to find.
Laura values the support of her family, various members of whom are involved in looking after her affairs. Famous for her long hitting and her (self-taught) natural swing, Laura is certainly a golfing legend in the Ladies game.
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