Webb fires 63 to win JTBC Founders Cup
Karrie Webb claimed her 41st LPGA success and her second victory in a month after posting a blistering final round and course record equaling nine-under par 63 for a 19-under par tally to capture the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Queenslander stormed through the field but then had to wait some 90 minutes before confirmation of her success and a second triumph in a month after capturing a fifth Australian Open victory.
Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)
And just a few hours after Adam Scott let slip victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Webb’s win comes as good news for Australian golf.
Webb had been interviewed following her round but remarking: “I would say that will be just a little short (of winning)”.
But then the unthinkable happened and with victory virtually falling into Webb’s lap.
Webb managed birdied at the second and fifth holes and while she bogeyed the sixth, the champion Australian then uncapped the best golf of the week with eight birdies in 12 holes, including four straight from Nos. 13-16.
That pushed her from 11 under and a handful of shots back of the lead to 19 under and leader-in-the-clubhouse status. Which led to a win.
“I definitely putted probably the best I have all week; I don’t feel like I putted all that great the first few rounds,” said Webb.
“I worked on a few things with my coach Ian Triggs last night, so I really got the ball rolling on the back nine.”
“I stood on the tenth tee and I was like what’s it going to take to get to 20 under. So I had to shoot 29. And I shot 30.”
Among the first to congratulate Webb was American Stacy Lewis who shot a last day 66 to finish one shot behind at 18-under par.
”I think the amazing part is that when you talk to her, when she talks about her golf game she seems very frustrated with it,” said Lewis.
“That’s the amazing part of it. So she gets it. She knows how to get it done.”
“She knows if she’s not hitting it as well, or she knows how to make a few putts and hang around. That’s what she did yesterday when we played together.”
Webb’s second success that earned her a $US 225,000 first prize cheque, could not be more timely with the women’s first major – the Kraft Nabisco – just a fortnight away.
And what makes Webb’s victory even more special, and perhaps a first in the annals of professional golf, as her long-time coach, Ian Triggs had coached fellow Queenslander John Senden who won last week’s PGA Tour Valspar Championship.
It would mean a first in Triggs having coached a winning male golfer on the PGA Tour and the very next week having coached a winning female golfer on the LPGA Tour.