Karrie Webb rebounded from a five-shot deficit Sunday to post her 39th LPGA Tour win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
For the 38-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer, the victory in the 54-hole event was her first in two years, Webb’s last one coming at the 2011 LPGA Founders Cup. It was also her first triumph in the Shoprite competition. She finished two shots clear of reigning Wegmans LPGA champion Shanshan Feng.
“It never gets old, and it never gets any easier,” the seven-time major champ told Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill after she after carded a closing 3-under 68 and tallying a tourney-low 4-under.
Webb quickly began digging herself out of that five-stroke hole by draining a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 second hole. She eagled the par-5 third and grabbed her first advantage after Feng bogeyed the 13th.
Webb extended her lead with a birdie on No. 18, requiring Feng to eagle the par-5 18th to force a playoff. Feng opted not to go for the green.
Webb winning in conditions reminiscent of a British Open, with winds gusting to 35 m.p.h., hit 12 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens, and needed just 28 putts in her final round, according to Golf Channel.
Another feel-good story of the tourney was Michelle Wie’s T9 finish, her best close by far in an otherwise miserable 2013 season that has included five missed cuts.
New England golfer Alison Walshe had her best tournament of the season as well, coming in at 4-over and in a tie for 18th.
Feng hopes to defend her Wegmans title next week against a stalwart field that will include Webb, Wie, and Walshe.
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