Karrie Webb too good in Phoenix
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2014 JTCB LPGA Founders Cup | Wrap | 24 Mar 2014
Two Australians led their respective tournaments into the final rounds of events in the US and Panama this past weekend but both would finish third and in the end it would be arguably Australia’s greatest ever golfer, Karrie Webb, who would be Australia’s winner in the US this week.
Adam Scott and Aron Price were those two golfers but it would be the very much in form Webb who proved too good for a top class field of LPGA Tour stars at the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.
Webb produced a magical final round of 63 which included five birdies in the last six holes to edge out Stacy Lewis, Azharo Munoz, Amy Yang, Mirim Lee and New Zealander Lydia Ko by one shot.
The 39 year old began the final round 90 minutes ahead of those in the final group and when she finished her round was unsure if it would be enough to get the job done. With so many players still with chances it appeared that her prediction might well be right but one by one her challengers fell short and when her final threat, Lydia Ko, failed to birdie the last the title was hers.
For Webb it was her 41st LPGA Tour victory coming just five weeks after her 40th at the Australian Open in Melbourne in February. It was also her second victory in this event having won the inaugural staging of the tribute to the LPGA Tour’s founders in 2011.
Considering her gut wrenching disqualification at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in February it was yet another great triumph for the Queenslander.
It was also a triumph for her coach, Ian Triggs, who just seven days ago celebrated the success of another of his charges in John Senden who won his second PGA Tour event in Tampa.
Other Australians to make the cut were Lindsey Wright who finished 34th and Sarah Jane Smith who after a good start to the week faded to finish 68th.
Karrie Webb and the LPGA Tour now head to the Kia Classic in California ahead of the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco which two time winner, Webb, must now be eying with relish.