Webb secures 39th LPGA title at ShopRite
It was an emotional week for Webb as her grandmother has been in hospital and the family weren’t sure if she was going to make it.
Karrie’s Grandma told her to win this week for her and the 38-year-old Queenslander did just that, with a thrilling two stroke win over China’s Shanshan Feng at the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Asked after her round if winning gets “old”, the seven time major champion responded “It never gets old and it never gets any easier either.”
Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“Today was extremely tough. I’m just glad that I pulled it out. I knew I need to make one birdie coming in because I didn’t think I could par in and feel comfortable, so it was a great birdie on the last”.
Webb, who started five shots behind Shanshan Feng, got off to a flying start with a birdie on the second followed by an eagle on the very next hole on the par-5 fourth.
Her only blemish came on the sixth when she took a bogey, apart from that Webb’s ball striking ability and sinking critical par putts were the keys to her win today.
Mid-way through the final round three players were tied for the lead but it became a two way dual between Webb and Feng at the end.
Webb had a superb up and down from 40 yards on the par-5 18th to birdie the last and move to four-under-par. That meant Feng had to birdie two out of the last three holes when Webb holed out.
However, the overnight leader made a bogey on the par-3 17th when she found the sand off the tee and didn’t get up and down.
Feng now had to eagle the last to force a play-off. It wasn’t to be and Webb was in the winner’s circle for the second time in 2013 after winning the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast earlier this year on the ALPG Tour.
Webb finished atop of the leaderboard at four-under-par after posting rounds of 72, 69 and 68, two clear of Feng, with South Korean Hee Young Park a further shot back and outright third.
Webb is projected to move to 9th on the Rolex Women’s World rankings after her win.
Lindsey Wright was the only other Australian to make the weekend, she finished tied for 37th position at five-over-par.
Source – ALPG Tour