Webb wins; C. Woods down to last shot at Open


Hall of Famer Karrie Webb came from three shots back in the final round Sunday to win the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in England.

The Australian Webb won with the round of the day, a 7-under-par 65, good for a one-shot victory over South African Ashleigh Simon (69) at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. It was her third title this year, two international and one LPGA title.

Webb heads to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St. Andrews next week with some momentum. She will be looking for her eighth major championship title, her second Women’s British Open title.

Cheyenne Woods fell short of trying to qualify for the Women’s British Open, but she will get one more chance to advance. She closed with a 73 Sunday to finish tied for 16th. The top three finishers at Buckinghamshire not already qualified for the Women’s British Open advanced to St. Andrews next week. Woods is scheduled to tee it up in the Women’s British Open qualifier at Kingbarns in Scotland on Monday.

Germany’s Sandra Gal bolstered her efforts to make the European Solheim Cup team, closing with a 67 to tie for fourth. While she didn’t garner enough points to automatically qualify for the team, her form should make an impression on captain Liselotte Neumann, who has four at-large picks to make. The European and American teams will be finalized at the conclusion of the Women’s British Open. The Solheim Cup is scheduled Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

American Christina Kim also enjoyed a good week in Europe, recording three rounds in the 60s and tying for fourth with Gal.