Webb Sets LPGA Skins Record


WAILEA, Hawaii -- Karrie Webb birdied the third hole of a playoff to complete a dominating performance at the ConAgra Foods LPGA Skins Game. Webb won 12 skins for a record $470,000 in earnings.
'I could have played that well and came away with nothing. That's the way the Skins Game works,' said Webb. 'This is a nice way to start the year. It certainly exceeded my expectations. I never expected to win that much money.'
Annika Sorenstam was second with three skins and $70,000, while Laura Diaz won three skins for $60,000. Laura Davies, who won this event the last time it was played in 1998, did not win a single skin.
Diaz got things started with a birdie at the opening hole of the Gold Course at Wailea Golf Resort to win the first skin. Sorenstam followed with a birdie at the third to collect two skins, while Diaz added to her total with a victory at the par-4 fifth.
Webb birdied the par-5 seventh to collect two skins worth $50,000 and Sorenstam birdied the eighth to win her third skin. The game was Webb's from that point on and the Australian collected four skins worth $120,000 with a birdie at the par-4 12th.
The players battled over the next three holes to halves and Webb reaped the rewards at the 16th. She ran home a 12-foot birdie at the par-3 to win four skins worth $160,000 and added to her total with a birdie at the following hole to earn her 11th skin.
'I figured if I won that one, I would pretty much clinch it,' Webb said of the 16th hole. 'The most pressure I felt was on the seventh hole to win my first skin. That's the goal coming in here, to win a skin. Once I won that one, I started swinging better. I played better than I hoped.'
All four players advanced to a playoff as the $100,000 final skin was up for grabs. Davies and Diaz were eliminated on the second extra hole and Webb ousted Sorenstam on the third playoff hole to increase her record total.
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