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Karrie Webb

Webb at the 2010 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full nameKarrie Anne Webb
Born(1974-12-21) 21 December 1974 (age 37)
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceBoynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1996)
ALPG Tour (joined 1994)
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour
Professional wins52
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour38
LPGA of Japan Tour3
ALPG Tour11
Futures Tour1
Other3
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipWon: 2000, 2006
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 2001
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 2000, 2001
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1999
Women's British OpenWon: 2002
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2005 (member page)
Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
1995
LPGA Rookie of the Year1996
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1996, 1999, 2000
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1999, 2000
LPGA Vare Trophy1997, 1999, 2000
LPGA
Achievement Award
2000
 
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Karrie Webb

Webb at the 2010 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full nameKarrie Anne Webb
Born(1974-12-21) 21 December 1974 (age 37)
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceBoynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional1994
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 1996)
ALPG Tour (joined 1994)
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour
Professional wins52
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour38
LPGA of Japan Tour3
ALPG Tour11
Futures Tour1
Other3
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
(Wins: 7)
Kraft Nabisco C'shipWon: 2000, 2006
LPGA ChampionshipWon: 2001
U.S. Women's OpenWon: 2000, 2001
du Maurier ClassicWon: 1999
Women's British OpenWon: 2002
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2005 (member page)
Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
1995
LPGA Rookie of the Year1996
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1996, 1999, 2000
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1999, 2000
LPGA Vare Trophy1997, 1999, 2000
LPGA
Achievement Award
2000

Karrie Ann Webb AM (born 21 December 1974) is Australia's most successful female professional golfer, and one of the top players in the history of women's golf. She plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and also turns out once or twice a year on the ALPG Tour in her home country. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has 38 wins on the LPGA Tour, more than any other active player.

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Early life and amateur career

Webb was born in Ayr, Queensland. She was a member of the Australian Amateur team, making six international appearances from 1992–1994, including a 1994 appearance in the Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Golf Team Championships.[1] This was the year she became the Australian Strokeplay Champion where she scored a 128 on a par 68 course, over 36 holes.[2]

Professional career

Webb began her professional golfing career in 1994 playing on the Ladies European Tour where she finished second at the Women's Australian Open[2] and the Futures Tour in the U.S., where she won one tournament.[3] In 1995 she became the youngest ever winner of the Weetabix Women's British Open in her rookie season in Europe,[2] prior to it being classed as an LPGA major, and was European Rookie of the Year. She qualified for the LPGA Tour after she finished second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament despite playing with a broken bone in her wrist.[3]

In 1996 Webb won her first LPGA tournament in her second LPGA start at the HealthSouth Inaugural on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. She won three other tournaments and become the first LPGA player to win $1 million mark in a single season topping the year end money list.[4] She was also the 1996 LPGA Rookie of the Year.[3]

In 1997 Webb won three times on the LPGA Tour including another win at the Weetabix Women's British Open, won her first Vare Trophy[5] and was voted 1997 ESPY Best Female Golfer.[6] In 1999 Webb won her first major championship at the du Maurier Ltd. Classic and won her first LPGA Tour Player of the Year award.[7]

Webb also took part in the largest playoff in LPGA Tour history at the 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.[8] Se Ri Pak birdied the first sudden death playoff hole to defeat Webb, Mardi Lunn, Carin Koch, Sherri Steinhauer, and Kelli Kuehne.[9]

In 2000, Webb won two more major championships, following up her win at the Nabisco Championship with a win at the U.S. Women's Open. This gained her a second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year title and Vare Trophy and she topped the money list, missing out on a chance to become the LPGA's first single-season $2 million winner by taking a mid season break to return home to Australia to run with the Olympic torch.[10] Teamed with Rachel Hetherington representing Australia she won the Women's World Cup in Malaysia,[11] was awarded the preeminent sport award in Australia, the Dawn Fraser Award.[12] and was named Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.[13]

She successfully defended her U.S. Women's Open title in 2001 and won the LPGA Championship to become the youngest winner of the LPGA Career Grand Slam.[14] She teamed with David Duval to play against Annika Sörenstam and Tiger Woods in a made-for-TV Battle at Bighorn between the two best male and two best female players in the world that at the time provided women's golf its largest audience ever.[15] Webb's win at the 2002 Women's British Open, which had become an LPGA major in 2001, meant she completed a Super Career Grand Slam – every available major championship in women's golf in her career.[16]

Webb now suffered a three-year slump. She collected just two LPGA wins in the next two years and in 2005 had a best LPGA finish of tied sixth[17] although she did team up with Rachel Hetherington to represent Australia at the Women's World Cup of Golf[18] and won her fifth ANZ Ladies Masters title back home in Australia.[19]

Webb qualified for entry to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000, but was not eligible for induction until she had played ten LPGA Tour events in each of ten seasons. She met this criterion on 9 June 2005 when she completed the first round of the LPGA Championship.[20] At age 30, she became the youngest living person ever to enter the Hall of Fame,[14] and kept that distinction until 2007, when fellow LPGA star Se Ri Pak was inducted.

Webb staged a comeback season in 2006. In the final round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship she holed a 116-yard shot from the fairway to eagle the 18th hole and then birdied the same hole in a sudden-death playoff to beat Lorena Ochoa and win her second Kraft Nabisco Championship.[21] She won four other tournaments including the Evian Masters[22] and Mizuno Classic.[23] Her 2006 Kraft Nabisco win took her into the top ten of the Women's World Golf Rankings for the first time since they were introduced in February 2006.

Her 38 LPGA Tour victories places her in a tie for 11th on the list of players with the most career LPGA tournament wins[24] and first among all active players.

Professional wins (53)

LPGA Tour (38)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-upRef
120 Aug 1995Weetabix Women's British Open-14 (278)United States Jill McGill
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
221 Jan 1996HealthSouth Inaugural-7 (209)United States Jane Geddes
United States Martha Nause
35 May 1996Sprint Titleholders Championship-16 (272)United States Kelly Robbins
415 Sep 1996Safeco Classic-11 (277)United States Patty Sheehan
524 Nov 1996ITT LPGA Tour Championship-16 (272)United States Emilee Klein
United States Kelly Robbins
United States Nancy Lopez
620 Apr 1997Susan G. Komen International-12 (276)2 strokesCanada Lorie Kane
United States Cathy Johnston-Forbes
United States Nanci Bowen
717 Aug 1997Weetabix Women's British Open-19 (269)8 strokesUnited States Rosie Jones
814 Sep 1997Safeco Classic-16 (272)1 strokeSweden Annika Sörenstam
91 Mar 1998Australian Ladies Masters-16 (272)5 strokesSouth Korea Hyun Soon Park
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
1019 Apr 1998City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic-19 (269)3 strokesUnited States Meg Mallon
1130 Jan 1999The Office Depot-10 (278)1 strokeUnited States Kris Tschetter
United States Dottie Pepper
1228 Feb 1999Australian Ladies Masters-26 (262)10 strokesScotland Janice Moodie
1321 Mar 1999Standard Register PING-14 (274)4 strokesCanada Lorie Kane
149 May 1999Mercury Titleholders Championship-17 (271)3 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam
1513 Jun 1999Wegmans Rochester International-8 (280)1 strokeUnited States Cindy McCurdy
161 Aug 1999du Maurier Classic-11 (73–72–66–66=277)2 strokesEngland Laura Davies
1716 Jan 2000The Office Depot-7 (281)4 strokesUnited States Juli Inkster
1827 Feb 2000Australian Ladies Masters-14 (274)1 strokeCanada Lorie Kane
194 Mar 2000LPGA Takefuji Classic-9 (207)PlayoffSweden Annika Sörenstam
2026 Mar 2000Nabisco Championship-14 (67–70–67–70=274)10 strokesUnited States Dottie Pepper
2123 Jul 2000U.S. Women's Open-6 (69–72–68–73=282)5 strokesUnited States Meg Mallon
United States Cristie Kerr
2227 Aug 2000Oldsmobile Classic-23 (265)2 strokesUnited States Meg Mallon
2322 Oct 2000AFLAC Champions-15 (273)PlayoffUnited States Dottie Pepper
243 Jun 2001U.S. Women's Open-7 (70–65–69–69=273)8 strokesSouth Korea Se Ri Pak
2524 Jun 2001McDonald's LPGA Championship-14 (67–64–70–69=270)2 strokesUnited States Laura Diaz
2618 Nov 2001Tyco/ADT Championship-9 (67-71-73-68=279)2 strokesSweden Annika Sörenstam[25]
2723 Jun 2002Wegmans Rochester LPGA-12 (64-72-72-68=276)1 strokeSouth Korea Mi Hyun Kim[26]
2811 Aug 2002Weetabix Women's British Open-15 (66–71–70–66=273)2 strokesAustralia Michelle Ellis
Spain Paula Martí
297 Sep 2003John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic-10 (65–69–66=200)9 strokesPhilippines Dorothy Delasin
United States Candie Kung
United States Jamie Hullett
United States Tammie Green
306 Jun 2004Kellogg-Keebler Classic-16 (69–64–67=200)5 strokesMalaysia Siew-Ai Lim
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
312 Apr 2006Kraft Nabisco Championship-9 (70–68–76–65=279)PlayoffMexico Lorena Ochoa
3214 May 2006Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill-14 (66–68–66–70=270)7 strokesMexico Lorena Ochoa
South Korea Hee-Won Han
3329 Jul 2006Evian Masters-16 (67–68–69–68=272)1 strokeEngland Laura Davies
United States Michelle Wie
3424 Sep 2006Longs Drugs Challenge-15 (67–70–66–70=273)1 strokeSweden Annika Sörenstam
355 Nov 2006Mizuno Classic-14 (69–67–66=202)4 strokesJapan Kaori Higo
3629 Mar 2009J Golf Phoenix LPGA International-14 (70–68–69–67=274)2 strokesSouth Korea Jiyai Shin
3727 Feb 2011HSBC Women's Champions-13 (70–66–70–69=275)1 strokeJapan Chie Arimura
3820 Mar 2011RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup-12 (71–67–66=204)1 strokeUnited States Brittany Lincicome
United States Paula Creamer

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

ALPG (11)

LPGA of Japan (3)

Futures Tour (1)

Other (3)

Major championships

Wins (7)

YearChampionshipWinning ScoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1999du Maurier Classic−11 (73–72–66–66=277)2 strokesEngland Laura Davies
2000Nabisco Championship−14 (67–70–67–70=274)10 strokesUnited States Dottie Pepper
2000U.S. Women's Open−6 (69–72–68–73=282)5 strokesUnited States Cristie Kerr, United States Meg Mallon
2001McDonald's LPGA Championship−14 (67–64–70–69=270)2 strokesUnited States Laura Diaz
2001U.S. Women's Open−7 (70–65–69–69=273)8 strokesSouth Korea Se Ri Pak
2002Weetabix Women's British Open−15 (66–71–70–66=273)2 strokesAustralia Michelle Ellis, Spain Paula Martí
2006Kraft Nabisco Championship−9 (70–68–76–65=279)Playoff 1Mexico Lorena Ochoa

1 Defeated Ochoa with birdie on first extra hole

Results timeline

Tournament19961997199819992000
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT529T731
LPGA ChampionshipT41T9T4CUTT9
U.S. Women's OpenT194T3171
du Maurier Classic ^T2T27T141T7
Tournament200120022003200420052006200720082009
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT27T213T441T20T13T8
LPGA Championship1T4T56T39T2022T29T49
U.S. Women's Open1CUTCUTT16T31T37CUTT38T34
Women's British OpenT151T3DNPT11CUTT28T92
Tournament201020112012
Kraft Nabisco ChampionshipT5T13T15
LPGA ChampionshipT5T20T6
U.S. Women's OpenT17T6T50
Women's British OpenT43T22T5

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as a major in 2001.
† Webb won the Women's British Open in 1995 and 1997 before it became an LPGA major.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary

LPGA Tour career summary

YearAgeTournaments
played
Cuts
Made
Wins2nd3rdTop 10sBest
Finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
Rolex
ranking
19962125244511511,002,000170.863
1997222525343201987,606270.001
1998232322213131704,477470.523
19992425236642211,591,959169.431
20002522227311711,876,853170.051
20012622223401311,535,404370.163
20022721202031211,009,760570.333
2003282321111121780,2391170.395
200429222111281748,316970.536
200530212001052500,2682771.5216
20063121205311312,090,113270.1143
200732211901162630,0302271.93182
200833201902162854,5621871.241110
200934251812061968,0981271.261813
20103523220006T4479,8892371.061215
201136202020151757,6711471.561718
20123718180116T2817,5741271.261616

Honours

Webb was awarded the Centenary Medal on 1 January 2001.[28]

On 26 January 2010 Webb was appointed an Member of the Order of Australia for service to golf, and to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of health and disability organisations.[29]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Notable Past Players". International Golf Federation. http://www.internationalgolffederation.org/History/notables.html. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Karrie Webb Player Profile". ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf). http://www.alpgtour.com/player_profile_details.asp?refxml=profile354.xml. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Karrie Webb Full Career Bio". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content/2007PlayerBiosPDF/Webb-07.pdf. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Annual Money Leaders". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content/MoneyLeaders.pdf. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  5. ^ "Vare Trophy Winners". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content_1.aspx?mid=2&pid=2499. Retrieved 7 March 2007.
  6. ^ "ESPY Awards past winners". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/espy2005/s/pastwinners.html. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  7. ^ "Rolex Player of the Year Winners". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content_1.aspx?pid=2500&mid=2. Retrieved 7 March 2007.
  8. ^ LPGA All-Time Records
  9. ^ Pak wins six player playoff
  10. ^ Lisa D. Mickey (15 September 2000). "Karrie weaving her own 'Webb'". Golf World. Archived from the original on 16 May 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20030516222314/http://www.golfdigest.com/newsandtour/index.ssf?/newsandtour/karrie_w_tcsfk0dc.html. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Australia win women's world cup". BBC Sport. 3 December 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/golf/1052481.stm. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  12. ^ "27th Australian Sport Awards Overview". AustralianSportAwards.com. http://www.australiansportawards.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload_2006/2006_Awards_Overview.pdf. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  13. ^ "Nelson, Webb & Woods gain Writers Awards". Golf Today. http://www.golftoday.co.uk/news/yeartodate/news00/writersawards.html. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  14. ^ a b "Youngest member of the World Golf Hall of Fame". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content_1.aspx?pid=5130&mid=2. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  15. ^ Michael Arkush (31 July 2001). "Golf; Woods and Sorenstam Capture a Sloppy Battle". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/31/sports/golf-woods-and-sorenstam-capture-a-sloppy-battle.html. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  16. ^ Martin Park (11 August 2002). "Webb cruises to sixth major victory". LET Ladies European Tour. http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=4618. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  17. ^ "Webb's comeback is the stuff of golf legends". Worldgolf.com. 3 August 2006. http://www.worldgolf.com/magazine/archive-2006/aug03.htm. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  18. ^ Martin Park (10 February 2005). "Women's World Cup of Golf set for Friday". LET Ladies European Tour. http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3682. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  19. ^ Martin Park (27 February 2005). "Miyazato caught in Karrie's Webb". LET Ladies European Tour. http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com/content/let_content_news.php?Id=3736. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  20. ^ "Karrie Webb enters the Hall of Fame". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content_1.aspx?pid=4047&mid=2. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  21. ^ "Webb's Dramatic Eagle Leads to Seventh Major". The New York Times. 3 April 2006. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/03/sports/golf/03lpga.html. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  22. ^ "Webb tops Wie by a shot to win Evian Masters". USA Today. 29 July 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/lpga/2006-07-29-evian-masters_x.htm. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  23. ^ "Webb ends Sörenstam's Mizuno streak". USA Today. 5 November 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/lpga/2006-11-05-mizuno-final-round_x.htm. Retrieved 5 April 2007.
  24. ^ "Official Career Wins". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). http://www.lpga.com/content/OfficialWins.pdf. Retrieved 7 March 2007.
  25. ^ USA Today, LPGA Tour Championship Results November 20, 2001. Accessed April 1, 2012.
  26. ^ USA Today, Rochester International Results June 23, 2002. Accessed April 1, 2012.
  27. ^ "Karrie Webb stats". LPGA. http://www.lpga.com/golf/players/w/karrie-webb/stats.aspx. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  28. ^ "Karrie Webb". Australian Honours Database. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1125686&search_type=quick&showInd=true. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  29. ^ "Karrie Webb AM". Australian Honours Database. http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1141852&search_type=quick&showInd=true. Retrieved 26 January 2010.

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