Young Karrie Webb Wins 95 British

By George WhiteJuly 30, 2003, 4:00 pm
She was 20 years old, a professional golfer less than a year. In addition, she was from Ayr, Australia, halfway around the world, and this was the 1995 Weetabix Women's British Open. Could there have been more intimidating circumstances in which to win a golf tournament?
 
Karrie Webb is perhaps as fine a womens golfer Australia has ever produced, along with Jan Stephenson. But in 1995, she was hardly a name to be reckoned with, still a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, hardly known outside her native country. But all that was about to change.
 
She had won the Australian, Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian Stroke Play tournaments as an amateur. She had turned professional in 1994 at the age of 19 and finished runner-up in the second pro tournament she played ' the Australian Masters. In 95 she had crossed the Pacific to America and played a Futures Tour event ' which she won. She then crossed the Atlantic to get her European card and, in 10 events, already had recorded five top-10s.
 
Finally she was at the pinnacle event for European tour women, the British Open at Woburn, and waiting was a field consisting of the best of America, as well as homegrown European talent. And then ' she went right out in the first round and shot 69, leaving her only two behind Liselotte Neumann.
 
The secret that first day might have been the fact she was paired with a fellow Australian. Playing with Karen Lunn helped a lot, she admitted. Shes a friend, shes won here, and she made me feel comfortable.
 
Friday, it was more of the same. She took the lead with a 70 on the par-73 course, sinking putts on the last three holes of 25, six and 15 feet.
 
She called home to Australia that night, prepared to deliver a full report on her surprising news. She was a little too late.
 
They already knew, which surprised me, she said, but it shows how big a tournament it is.
 
In the third round, Webb shot a 69 with an eagle at the 18th. It was a 35-putt that gave her the lead, by one again, over Val Skinner.
 
On Sunday, four birdies on the first 10 holes boosted her ahead by six shots. Six shots up is where she eventually finished, looking down on the second-place finishers ' Annika Sorenstam and Jill McGill.
 
'I had dreams of walking up the 18th to win a tournament, but for it to be the British Open is unbelievable, said Webb. A lot of people at home will be shocked ' but happily shocked. The last few holes were the most nerve-wracking.
 
Webb went on to win Rookie of the Year honors in Europe, but still had to go through the LPGA qualifying school that year. She finished second there in October of 94, though she had to play with a broken bone in her wrist, and has since won 28 times on the LPGA.
 
As a youngster in her hometown of Ayr, she had to play with the boys because not enough girls competed. The town is small by American standards, just 8,500 people. But it has become a golfing mecca with first Greg Norman and then Webb going on the world superstardom.
 
I practiced every day and played on weekends, she said. Thats the advantage of a small town ' you could play and practice whenever you wanted.'
 
Norman was always Webbs idol. She got his autograph at a tournament when she was just 11 years old. Webb won the Australian Juniors in 1991 at the age of 15 and her reward was a week at Normans home in Hobe Sound, Fla. It was a week of hard work for Webb, not hero-worship.
 
Thats when I knew shed be a special player, said Norman. She has a beautiful swing.
 
In 1993, though, she was still working in her mothers caf in Australia. In 1994 she was working in a pro shop with only $200 to her name. But she decided to turn professional, borrowed some money from her mom, and joined the Australian womens tour.
 
Then it was Australia to America, America to Europe, then back to America where she has become a star of the first magnitude. But for Karrie Webb, she will always remember her first big professional victory ' the 95 Weetabix Women's British Open.
 
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    Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

    So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

    Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

    Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


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    Jordan Spieth: 7/4

    Xander Schauffele: 5/1

    Kevin Kisner: 11/2

    Tiger Woods: 14/1

    Francesco Molinari: 14/1

    Rory McIlroy: 14/1

    Kevin Chappell: 20/1

    Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

    Alex Noren: 25/1

    Zach Johnson: 30/1

    Justin Rose: 30/1

    Matt Kuchar: 40/1

    Webb Simpson: 50/1

    Adam Scott: 80/1

    Tony Finau: 80/1

    Charley Hoffman: 100/1

    Austin Cook: 100/1

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    Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

    One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

    McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


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    “It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

    McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

    “I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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    Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

    Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

    “Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

    One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.


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    After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

    “When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

    Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

    This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

    “It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”

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    Final-round tee times for the 147th Open Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth begins his quest for a second consecutive claret jug and fourth major overall at 9:45 a.m. ET Sunday at Carnoustie, playing alongside Xander Schauffele. This marks the first time Schauffele has ever held a 54-hole lead in his career.

    The Kevins – Kisner and Chappell – are in the penultimate group, 10 minutes earlier at 9:35 a.m. Kisner is tied with Spieth and Schauffele at 9 under par. Chappell is two shots back at 7 under.

    But it’s the next group that has people interested the most. Tiger Woods is paired with Francesco Molinari at 9:25 a.m. Woods, in search of his 15th major championship and first in 10 years, shot a third-round 66 to vault into a tie for sixth place, four shots behind the lead. He began the day six shots behind. Molinari has two wins and two second-place finishes in his last four events.

    Rory McIlroy was within striking distance of the lead but bogeyed two of the last three holes to drop into a sixth-place tie. He is paired with 2017 Open runner-up Matt Kuchar at 9:05 a.m.

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