RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Karrie Webb knows her golf history, and it inspires her.
It makes her especially formidable again this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. There’s a load of women’s golf history here, and Webb would love to become an even more meaningful part of it than she already is. She’s a two-time winner here, claiming titles in 2000 and ’06, and she would relish becoming just the fourth three-time winner of this 43-year-old event. Annika Sorenstam, Amy Alcott and Betsy King were three-time winners here.
Just last month, Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup, her second LPGA title this year. That’s an event created to honor the tour’s founders and pioneers. Nobody appreciates the purpose of that event more than Webb.
With her win in Phoenix, Webb tied Babe Zaharias for 10th on the LPGA’s career winner’s list with 41 titles.
With a victory this week, Webb would claim her eighth major championship title. That would tie Patty Berg for sixth among women who have won the most majors.
“I feel like my game is as good as it’s ever been as far as having the ability to win majors,” Webb said.
At 39, why does Webb believe her game is good for majors?
“I feel like I’m in as good a place mentally on the golf course as I have ever been, probably because I understand what it takes out there for me to play well,” she said.
Through the first six events of this year, Webb’s statistics are impressive. Nobody has posted more rounds in the 60s. She’s first in official money ($531,141), first in the CME Race to the Globe and first in the Rolex Player of the Year standings. She’s second in scoring average (69.7) and second in both putting average and putts per greens in regulation.