In-form Webb advances to world number six

Karrie Webb said it herself following Sunday’s final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore after losing a three-stroke lead heading into the final nine holes: “Just not a lot of good decisions.”

Webb bogeyed three of her final six holes, finding the water from the tee on 15, the fairway trap on 16 and failed to clear the lip of a fairway bunker with a hybrid on the par-five 18th to fall out of the tie for the lead she shared with eventual winner Paula Creamer and Azahara Munoz.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“Two weeks ago (at the Women’s Australian Open) I handled the pressure well and made very good decisions coming down the stretch and I made all the putts I needed to make,” Webb said. “It just sometimes doesn’t go your way.”

Kicking herself she may be but her third place finish, along with her win at the Victoria Golf Club two weeks ago, sees her climb to No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings with the top five (Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen, Stacey Lewis, Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu) remaining unchanged after Singapore.

Paula Creamer’s drought-breaking win pushed her back inside the Top 10 to No. 8 while Munoz climbed eight places to No. 24.

Katherine Kirk remains Australia’s second highest ranked player at No. 106, followed by Stacey Keating (124), Lindsey Wright (127) and the world’s best amateur Minjee Lee at No. 133.