Webb Caps Off Season With Win


Karrie Webb captured the season-ending Tyco/ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a final score of 9-under-par 279.
It is the sixth time in her career that she has gone wire-to-wire and won an event. It is also the 24th time in her career that she has held the final-round lead; 16 of those times she has won.
Obviously, I had a good year this year,' said Webb, who collected a winner's check of $215,000. 'You know, just to finish it off with a win really tops it off. I played really well this week, especially particularly well the first round and today.
Conditions were unbelievably tough and scores were reflective of the conditions. Nonetheless, Webb shot 4-under 68 to prevail by two strokes and take home her third LPGA Tour title of the season and 26th of her career.
With scant few holes remaining, Webb found herself faced by her fiercest competitor, Annika Sorenstam. Sorenstam resurrected her game to come within two strokes of the lead and finished the championship at 7-under-par 281.
Im so, so happy that I was able to finish the way I did,' Sorenstam said. 'To play the back nine (in) 5-under, was pretty much a miracle.
It was truly spectacular golf. Once again Sorenstam did the impossible. She was even par starting the round, and by the first hole she was 1-over. Thats when she turned things around.
Sorenstam brought her game back from the dead and moved back into the red. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 followed by eagle on the par-5 15th had her at 6-under for the event. A final birdie on No. 17 meant she had achieved her goal of shooting 65 during the final round and setting a scoring average record of 69.420454. She broke Webbs record (set in 1999) of 69.43333333 by .012879.
I pretty much knew what I had to shoot today. Knowing the conditions and the course, I mean, I knew it would be a tough thing to do, Sorenstam said. But I wasnt going to let go if I had a chance.'
Even before today, she probably deserved to break the record, the way shes played this year. The fact that she knew what she had to shoot, went out and did it on a course that wasnt giving up scores like that, is very impressive, Webb added.
Unbeknownst to Sorenstam, she only needed to shoot 66 to break the existing record.
I worked this hard and you tell me now? the good-natured Swede said upon the conclusion of her spectacular round.
Sorenstam and Webb were the only two players to finish the tournament under par. Janice Moodie came close, but a bogey on the last left her at even par and in sole possession of third place.
Sophie Gustafson made her second career hole-in-one on No. 17 Sunday. She hit an 8-iron from 161 yards on the par-3 to ace the hole, and earned a two-year lease on a BMW Z3 for doing so. Gustafson finished the tournament tied with Grace Park at 7-over-par (295).
Full-field scores from the Tyco/ADT Championship