Monday, August 12, 2002

Webb puts Super Slam on resume

British Open title her fifth in major

The Associated Press

        TURNBERRY, Scotland - Karrie Webb established a new standard of excellence on the LPGA Tour: the Super Slam.

        Webb shot a 6-under 66 Sunday, rallying from three strokes behind to win her third Women's British Open title. The 27-year-old Webb finished at 15-under 273, beating Michelle Ellis and Paula Marti by two strokes.

        It was the sixth major championship in four years for Webb, who won the British Open in her rookie season of 1995 and again in 1997. The British became a major last year, replacing the defunct du Maurier Classic.

        Webb wrapped up a career Grand Slam by winning the du Maurier, the Nabisco Championship, the U.S. Open and the LPGA Championship. By adding the British Open, she completed what has become known as the career “Super Slam” of five different majors in just five years.

        Just four players - Webb, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam - have won 16 of the last 19 majors. Webb has won six of them, Pak four, Inkster four and Sorenstam two. Sorenstam failed to make the cut at Turnberry.

        Webb became the first player since Mickey Wright in 1964 to win a major title four years in a row. Wright achieved that feat twice between 1957-64.

        WOMEN'S SENIOR TOUR: Patty Sheehan shot a final-round 4-under 68 to win the Great Lakes Classic by two strokes in Green Bay, Wis.

        SENIOR TOUR: Hale Irwin, who lost in playoffs two of the last three weeks, shot a final-round 4-under 68 and beat Hubert Green by three strokes at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn., for his Tour-leading third win of 2002.

        BUY.COM TOUR: Marco Dawson fired a final-round 69 for a overall 12-under 276 that won the LaSalle Bank Open in Locust Grove, Ill.

        Dawson, 39, jumped from No. 18 to No. 5 on the season money list. The top 15 at the end of the year earn their 2003 PGA Tour cards.


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