Rosie Jones was born on this day in 1959. An American professional golfer, with 13 LPGA Tour career victories and nearly $8.4 million in tournament earnings.
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 US 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 US 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.”
” I’m proud of my career. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wish I’d won a major, but I gave it my whole heart on every shot. And I’ve gotten more from the game than I could ever give back. “
At the conclusion of the 2006 US 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.
In February 2010, Jones was named the captain of the US team for the 2011 Solheim Cup.