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1985 Jane Blalock wins the LPGA Tour Mazda Japan Classic, her 27th and final LPGA victory. After turning pro and joining the Tour in 1969, she won that year's LPGA Rookie of the Year Award and then her first title in 1970. This was followed by a further 24 victories up to 1980, during which time she made 299 straight cuts, still an LPGA Tour (and indeed all pro Tour) record to this day. With two further wins in the mid-80s, her tally of 27 makes her the most successful player ever on the LPGA who has not won a major, although she did win the Dinah Shore Colgate Winner's Circle in 1972, an event that later became a women's major in 1983 and is now known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship. She was also the first in LPGA history to win over $100,000 in four successive seasons.
Sadly, Blalock's career was dogged by a 1972 incident when she was disqualified for signing an incorrect scoreard, being accused of not marking and replacing her ball correctly. The incident ballooned into a full-scale charge of cheating, and although she successfully sued the Tour and won, the accusation never went away. Always something of loner, the incident isolated her even more, but eventually led to major changes in the Tour's rules and the appointment of the first Tour Commissioner. After retiring from competition in 1987, she founded a golf event management firm and was instrumental in the creation of the Women's Senior Tour, now called the Legends Tour.

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