Australian Karrie Webb wins Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland yet again
Last Updated: 08/02/13 4:45pm
Karrie Webb with the trophy. (Pic: Scott Powick SMP Images)
Australian Karrie Webb entered the record books after winning the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters for an eighth time.
The victory meant Webb matched Sam Snead's unique distinction of winning the same event on eight occasions.
Snead's eight victories at the Greater Greensboro Open came in a run spanning four decades while Webb first won at RACV Royal Pines in Queensland in 1998.
Webb, who started the final round two shots behind teenagers Su-Hyun Oh and Ariya Jutanugarn, fired a flawless closing five-under-par 67 to finish at 13-under-par and two clear of the field at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
Webb didn't find her rhythm over the first nine holes and posted her only birdie on the par-five third to go out in 35.
"I wasn't feeling it on the front nine, I really hung in there, I didn't hit a lot of quality shots, but just managed to shoot one-under on the front" said Webb after her round.
A great up and down on the par 4 10th, after an errant drive, was the key to her final round: "If I didn't get up and down there, there would have been no momentum going forward and I would have really struggled to keep up."
Webb was still trailing the leaders by three with eight holes to play, but the seven-time major champion then stepped it up a gear over the final holes.
Commenting on her eighth win she said: "I am very happy, it never gets old when you get a win, what a way to start the year! I'm very happy."
Three players finished at 11-under-par - South Korean Chella Choi (69) and the two teenagers who share the lead in the final round, Australian amateur Su-Hyun Oh (71) and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (71).
American Jessica Korda (71) finished outright fifth, while Australian Stacey Keating (72) was sixth at nine-under-par.