Victory puts Webb in seventh heaven
Monday 03 April 2006
Australia's Karrie Webb claimed her seventh major when she defeated Mexican Lorena Ochoa in a play-off at the Kraft Nabisco Championship here last night.
Both players eagled the last hole, leaving 16-year-old Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis, who both missed birdie chances from around 10 feet on the 18th, in a share of third place on eight under.
Webb had produced the shot of the championship holing from 116 yards for an eagle at the par-five closing hole for a 65 and posted a total of nine under par 279.
Half an hour later, Ochoa, who had led from round one, matched that eagle by hitting her second shot to six feet. With a round of 72, she also finished on nine under to force extra time. In the sudden-death decider down the 18th, both players hit over the green in two. But it was Webb who got up and down for a birdie, holing form six feet, for her first LPGA win in almost two years her last major was the 2002 Women's British Open at Turnberry.
Wie shot 70 for her fifth top-10 placing in a major, while Gulbis, who is also awaiting a first LPGA victory, had a 68 and it was her fourth top-five finish from five starts this year.
Annika Sorenstam had her best score of the week, but a 70 from the defending champion was only good enough for a share of sixth place on two under par.
Karen Stupples was the highest-placed of the Britons, but a closing 76 left her tied for 17th place on three over par.
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