RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the women's version of the Masters.
The 40th anniversary of the championship begins Thursday on the Mission Hills Country Club Dinah Shore Tournament Course.
The Masters is the only professional tour event that’s enjoyed a longer continuous run on one golf course.
“There’s just a different buzz already,” two-time Kraft Nabisco winner Karrie Webb said. “Part of the buzz is created from the history that this tournament has. The LPGA, we’re 60 years old, but we don’t have many tournaments that have retained that much history.
“A lot of the LPGA greats have won this tournament, and there have been lots of fantastic, exciting finishes.”
Webb provided one of the most memorable finishes when she holed out for eagle with a wedge from 116 yards at the 72nd hole in 2006, setting up her sudden-death playoff victory against Lorena Ochoa. Webb rallied from seven back beginning the final round.
“I think the young players who haven’t been here before, I think this would be one of the tournaments they remember watching on TV, watching different players win and how they’ve won,' Webb said. 'I think any young player would want to be in this field.”