Webb starts season in style

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 01, 2013
Karrie Webb won her eighth Australian Ladies Masters title on Sunday, coming from two strokes behind in the final round with birdies on three of her last five holes for a 5-under-par 67 and a two-stroke victory. The 38-year-old Webb birdied the 14th hole at Royal Pines to take the lead for the first time during the final round, and then tapped in for birdie after her eagle putt just missed on 15. Webb finished with a 13-under-par total of 203 in the 54-hole tournament, the season-opening event on the European Ladies Tour. South Korea's Chella Choi finished tied for second, after a 69, with second-round co-leaders Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, and Australian amateur Oh Su-hyun, who both shot final-round 71s. Last year's Australian Open winner at Royal Melbourne, American Jessica Korda, was fifth after a 71, three shots behind. Webb took the momentum on the par-five 12th hole. Teenagers Oh and Ariya were tied for the lead but Oh walked off the green after a three-putt double bogey seven and Ariya a bogey six, a three-shot swing that allowed Webb, who'd already birdied the hole, to join them at the top of the leaderboard. Webb was coming off a winless 2012. ''I'm very happy, it never gets old to get a win here,'' said Webb. ''What a way to start the year.'' In addition to her eight wins, Webb has four seconds on the Gold Coast resort course that was barely playable at the start of the tournament due to 600 millimeters (24 inches) of rain in the preceding week, the fallout from a tropical cyclone. Webb played her first Ladies Masters as an amateur in 1993 and won the first of her titles in 1998 by five shots against a field which included then world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam. Webb's later victories came in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2010.
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