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Donna Caponi-Byrnes (b. January 29, 1945, Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker) is an Americanmarker professional golfer.

The daughter of a club pro, Caponi began playing golf at the age of eight and joined the pro tour at 20. It took Caponi-Byrnes four years to capture her first win, but she did it on the tour's biggest stage, capturing the U.S. Women's Open. She won by one stroke, with a dramatic closing round score of 69 that included a birdie on the final hole. Only Mickey Wright had ever won back-to-back U.S. Women's Opens before Caponi-Byrnes turned the trick in 1970, when she also matched Wright's 72-hole scoring record of 287.

Donna Caponi won twenty-four events on the LPGA Tour, including four major championships. She finished in the top ten on the money list ten times between 1968 and 1981, including second place finishes in 1976 and 1980. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.

Personal life

She married her longtime boyfriend Edward "Ted" Byrnes on July 29, 2006. She is currently an announcer on The Golf Channel, covering the Champions Tour.

LPGA wins (24)

Note: Caponi won the Peter Jackson Classic (which became the du Maurier Classic) and the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winnder's Circle (now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship) before they became major championships.
LPGA Majors are shown in bold.

Major Championships

Wins (4)

Year Championship Winning Score
1969 Women’s U.S. Open +6
1970 Women’s U.S. Open -1
1979 LPGA Championship 279 (-9)
1981 LPGA Championship 280 (-8)


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