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Maria Hjorth

Maria Hjorth
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Personal information
Full nameMaria Anna Hjorth
NicknameMimmi
Born (1973-10-15) 15 October 1973 (age 46)
Falun, Sweden
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality Sweden
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
SpouseShaun McBride
ChildrenEmily[1]
Career
CollegeUniversity of Stirling
Turned professional1996
Current tour(s)Legends Tour
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1998-2016)
LET (1996-2016)
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour5
Ladies European Tour2
Other6
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration4th: 2008
Women's PGA C'ship2nd: 2008
U.S. Women's OpenT8: 1999
du Maurier ClassicT17: 1999
Women's British OpenT2: 2007
Evian ChampionshipDNP

Maria Anna Hjorth (born 15 October 1973) is a Swedish professional golfer.

Early years

Hjorth was born in Falun. As the youngest of three daughters to Kjell and Monica Hjorth, she first gripped a golf club at three years of age. Six years old, she traveled with her family, to compete in the unofficial Swedish Championship for children, the Colgate Cup, for girls up to 10 years of age. After the round, her older sister helped her to count the score.

Nordic skiing was a main interest during winter time. At ten years of age, Hjorth also began playing curling and later became the youngest ever individual winner of the Swedish Championship in curling.

On the golf course, she usually practiced with older boys, why she soon find it easier to play from the men's tees. During her amateur career she always represented Falun-Borlänge Golf Club.[2]

Amateur career

Hjorth won many individual amateur titles including the 1995 European Ladies Amateur Championship at Wansee, Berlin, Germany.[3]

She represented Sweden twice at the Espirito Santo Trophy. In 1992 in Vancouver, Canada, with Annika Sörenstam on the team, Sweden finished fourth. In 1994 at Golf National in Paris, France, the Swedish team finished as bronze medalists. Hjorth was also part of the winning Swedish team at the 1994 European Lady Junior's Team Championship at Gutenhof Golf Club, Austria.[3]

Hjorth attended the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Professional career

Hjorth turned professional in 1996 and won the Swedish Golf Tour Order of Merit that year. She played mainly on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in 1996 and 1997. In late 1997, she finished fourth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to gain exempt status on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour for the 1998 season. Since 1998 she has played mainly on LPGA Tour, while continuing to play in Europe several times each year.

She has won two individual titles on the LET and five on the LPGA. Winning her second LPGA title in 1999, the Mizuno Classic in Japan, she played with a mix-matched set of clubs because her clubs were lost by an airline.

She has finished second in the Women's PGA Championship, losing in a playoff, and tied second in the Women's British Open. She was also sole or tied second in the Evian Masters in France three times before it was recognized as a major championship.

She was a member of five European Solheim Cup teams in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 and played three times in the Praia d'El Rey European Cup, a team competition sanctioned by the LET.

Private life

In 1995, three weeks before winning the European Ladies Amateur Championship, she was diagnosed with diabetes.[2]

She married Shaun McBride on New Years eve 2007 and since then played under her married name, Maria McBride. Their daughter Emily was born in 2009 and the family resides in Orlando, Florida.

Her husband has caddied for her, as well as on the PGA Tour, for Bryce Molder.

Amateur wins

Professional wins (13)

LPGA Tour (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 19 Sep 1999 Safeco Classic 69-68-70-64=271 -17 2 strokes Scotland Catriona Matthew 97,500
2 7 Nov 1999 Mizuno Classic 70-64-67=201 -15 5 strokes England Laura Davies
South Korea Ok-Hee Ku
Japan Fumiko Moriguchi
Japan Aki Nakano
120,000
3 30 Sep 2007 Navistar LPGA Classic 70-67-70-67=274 -14 1 stroke United States Stacy Prammanasudh 195,000
4 5 Dec 2010 LPGA Tour Championship 72-68-71-72=283 -5 1 stroke South Korea Amy Yang 225,000
5 1 May 2011 Avnet LPGA Classic 70-74-67-67=278 -10 2 strokes South Korea Song-Hee Kim 195,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (0-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2000 Subaru Memorial of Naples United States Nancy Scranton Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship Taiwan Yani Tseng Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

Ladies European Tour (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share (EUR)
1 11 Jul 2004 Ladies English Open 66-67-64=197 -19 6 strokes Australia Joanne Mills 26,859
2 10 Jul 2005 Ladies English Open 68-69-67=204 -12 1 stroke Finland Minea Blomqvist 24,750

Other wins (6)

  • 1991 Aspeboda Ladies Open (Swedish Golf Tour) (as an amateur)
  • 1993 Aspeboda Ladies Open (Swedish Golf Tour) (as an amateur)
  • 1996 Delsjö Ladies Open, Toyota Ladies Open, Aspeboda Ladies Open (all Swedish Golf Tour)
  • 1997 A.V. Rubbish Classic (Players West Tour)

Results in LPGA majors

Tournament 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T10 CUT
LPGA Championship T16 T63 CUT
U.S. Women's Open T8 CUT
du Maurier Classic T41 T17 CUT
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship T24 T36 T5 CUT CUT 9 4
LPGA Championship T3 T22 CUT CUT 71 T39 T33 2 T23
U.S. Women's Open T19 CUT CUT CUT T41 CUT T51 CUT
Women's British Open ^ T25 CUT CUT 69 CUT T45 T2 T69 T11
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Kraft Nabisco Championship T19 T38 T69 CUT CUT
LPGA Championship CUT T8 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open T28 T34 CUT CUT
Women's British Open CUT 13 CUT 12 T65
The Evian Championship ^^ CUT

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 1 4 6 14 9
Women's PGA Championship 0 1 1 2 3 6 18 10
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 14 6
Women's British Open 0 1 0 1 1 5 14 9
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
du Maurier Classic 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Totals 0 2 1 4 9 20 64 36
  • Most consecutive cuts made - 6 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s - 1 (nine times)

LPGA Tour career summary

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
1998 25 19 0 0 0 3 T5 133,943 72.08
1999 31 29 2 1 1 8 1 572,940 71.09
2000 28 15 0 1 0 2 2 181,939 50 73.05
2001 29 24 0 4 2 9 2 848,195 5 71.46
2002 22 17 0 1 0 2 T2 359,194 26 72.14
2003 22 11 0 0 0 T5 T2 108,512 70 73.08
2004 22 9 0 0 0 0 T17 44,074 123 73.08 154
2005 23 16 0 0 1 4 T3 242,371 51 71.36 35
2006 26 18 0 0 1 2 T3 299,634 44 72.20 48
2007 28 23 1 3 0 8 1 949,055 11 71.88 19
2008 22 20 0 1 0 4 2 588,396 31 71.76 24
2009 18 14 0 1 0 3 T2 428,935 32 71.02 14
2010 22 13 1 0 1 4 1 568,914 20 71.97 31
2011 20 20 1 0 0 6 1 630,320 17 71.51 16
2012 20 12 0 0 0 1 T9 98,971 79 73.56 95
2013 15 9 0 0 0 0 T30 39,238 106 72.56 71
2014 15 2 0 0 0 0 T69 6,497 154 74.73 153
2015 14 8 0 0 0 2 T4 172,308 73 72.33 73
2016 17 3 0 0 0 0 T54 14,213 154 73.77 147
  • official through the 2016 season[4]

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record

Year Total
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 21 6-10-5 0-4-1 4-3-1 2-3-3 8.5 40.5%
2002 3 1-2-0 0-1-0 lost to K. Robbins 5&3 0-0-0 1-1-0 lost w/ A. Sörenstam 2&1,
won w/ I. Tinning 1 up
1.0 33%
2005 4 1-3-0 0-1-0 lost to N. Gulbis 2&1 1-1-0 won w/ L. Davies 2&1,
lost w/ L. Davies 3&2
0-1-0 lost w/ I. Tinning 3&2 1.0 25%
2007 5 1-1-3 0-1-0 lost to P. Creamer 2&1 1-0-1 won w/ G. Nocera 3&2,
halved w/ G. Nocera
0-0-2 halved w/ A. Sörenstam,
halved w/ L. Wessberg
2.5 50%
2009 5 2-1-2 0-0-1 halved w/ C. Kerr 1-1-0 won w/ A. Nordqvist 3&2,
lost w/ A. Nordqvist 1 dn
1-0-1 halved w/ C. Matthew,
won w/ G. Nocera 1 up
3.0 60%
2011 4 1-3-0 0-1-0 lost to C. Kim 4&2 1-1-0 lost w/ A. Nordqvist 2&1,
won w/ A. Nordqvist 3&2
0-1-0 lost w/ A. Muñoz 3&1 1.0 25%

References

  1. ^ "Moms on Tour Blog". LPGA. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Monica Hjorth "Mimmi älskade att träna"". Svensk Golf (in Swedish). No. 6. June 2009. pp. 111-112.
  3. ^ a b Golf - Den Stora Sporten' [Golf - the Great Sport] (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation 100 Years. pp. 193, 194, 195 198, 199, 209, 225.
  4. ^ "Maria McBride stats". LPGA. Retrieved 2016.

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