Victory puts Webb in seventh heaven

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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.