On This Day: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins final LPGA tournament of her career

On May 1, 1955, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the greatest athletes in sports history, wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, S.C. The victory, the 41st LPGA title of her career, comes as a Didrikson Zaharias continues her battle with colon cancer. After a strong start to the tournament, Didrikson falters in the final two rounds, but she holds off runner-up Marilynn Smith and wins by two strokes.

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The Babe’s victory in South Carolina was the final time she set foot on a golf course for an LPGA event. Despite her worsening sickness, she summoned a legendary effort that weekend and would later write in her biography, “I still wasn’t ready to admit that I wasn’t in the condition to play. I was more determined than ever to win one.”

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