In a nail-biting finish, golfer Karrie Webb won her fifth Women’s Australian Open, yesterday.
The veteran golfer started Sunday’s round with a five-stroke deficit, after already playing three rounds. She was able to catch up, however, and then narrowly defeat Chella Choi, who was seeking her first LPGA Tour victory. Webb partially credits the gusting winds that showed up at The Victoria Golf Club for her victory.
"I feel very fortunate to have won today, but I liked my chances at the start of the day because of the wind picking up," she said in an interview. "If we had another day like we had the first three days, I probably was a little too far back to have a chance, so I was thankful for the weather changing and I played as good as I have in a very long time."
Webb shot a four-under 68 to finish at 13-under. She completed six birdies and two bogeys on the day. Choi, who was the co-third round leader, wasn’t too shabby herself. In fact, Saturday, Choi shot a course record 62, which put her in an excellent position going into Sunday’s round.
After bogeying on the 16th hole Sunday, Webb became tied with Choi for first. But after a par on hole 17, Webb nailed the five-par 18th hole with just two strokes, which proved to be the tournament winner, after Choi missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
Fans of the golfer showed their support on Twitter:
— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) February 16, 2014
Looking forward to watching the Australian Open on Saturday cheering for the amazing @Karrie_Webb
— Leesa Sawyer (@LeesaSawyer) February 12, 2014
Way to shake it off and move on. Karrie Webb goes from a DQ at last week's Aussie Masters to a W at the Aussie Open. pic.twitter.com/4jj60SgCji
— Stina Sternberg (@StinaSternberg) February 16, 2014
Webb also used the social media site to thank her fans for their support:
Thx 4 all the kind messages after my win at @WomensAusOpen! Pumped at how I played 2day! hoping 2 do that the rest of the year!
— Karrie Webb (@Karrie_Webb) February 16, 2014
Webb scored the winner’s check of $180,000, while Choi walked away with $110,822.
Webb’s victory is a good change of events from last week, in which she was disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters after she signed an incorrect scorecard.
This win marks the 40th LPGA title for Webb. The golfer also won the Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2008.
Image via Women's Australian Open, Twitter