Webb two back, in search of eighth major title

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HARRISON, N.Y. – Karrie Webb made a strong start in the bid to win her eighth major championship title.

With a 5-under-par 68 Thursday, Webb moved into a tie for third in the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club. She’s two shots behind Jenny Shin.

Webb is seeking her first major championship since winning the Kraft Nabisco nine years ago. She hasn’t lost the winning habit, though. She won a pair of LPGA titles last year, the 40th and 41st of her career.

With 18-year-old Lydia Ko No. 1 in the Rolex rankings, and with 17-year-old Brooke Henderson in regular contention this year, Webb finds herself being asked a lot about competing against so many young challengers. Webb turned 40 late last year. She was asked after Thursday’s round how rewarding winning continues to be.

“That's why I'm still out here,” she said. “If I didn't think that I could, I wouldn't even be trying. But I definitely think my game is as good as it's ever been. It's just a matter of getting out of my own way and allowing that to happen. I did that for the most part today. That’s probably what I'm most proud of.”

If Webb wins her eighth major, she moves into sixth place with Betsy Rawls on the all-time women’s major championship victory list. Patty Berg holds the women’s record with 15 major titles.