Ruth Jessen, 70, a professional golfer who won 11 times on the LPGA Tour and twice finished second at the U.S. Women's Open, died of lung cancer Friday at a hospice in Phoenix, the U.S. Golf Assn. announced.
Jessen, who was known for her extremely wide putting stance, competed on the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. tour from 1956 to 1985. Her best season was 1964, when she won five tournaments and came in second five times. She was runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista that year, losing to Mickey Wright in an 18-hole playoff. Jessen also finished second in the 1962 U.S. Women's Open behind Murle Lindstrom.