Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wondrous Webb Wins Another Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wondrous Webb Wins Another Title

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DAYTONA BEACH -- How long can Karrie Webb keep it up?

"Your guess is as good as mine," said the 24-year-old Australian, who is romping through the LPGA Tour in the first half of 1999.

Webb recovered smartly from several errant shots and played her last seven holes in 3 under par yesterday to complete a rain-suspended round of 66 and win the Mercury Titleholders Championship with a record LPGA International score of 17-under-par 271.

Annika Sorenstam (70) eagled the 18th hole with a 30-foot putt to break a five-way tie for second and finish 14 under, her second consecutive runner-up finish at the Titleholders. Becky Iverson (76) -- who led by one shot after the second round and by five after the third round -- Laura Davies (69), Meg Mallon (70) and Chris Johnson (71) tied for third at 12 under.

Webb and 21 other players had to return to the course early yesterday morning to complete the final round. Sunday's play had been interrupted for more than three hours because of thunderstorms in the area, and the round was later suspended because of darkness with Webb, Iverson and Sorenstam in a three-way tie at 14 under.

Webb's victory was her fourth of the year and the 13th of her four-year professional career. With a paycheck of $135,000, she added to her already hefty lead on the 1999 money list and now has $713,724, well ahead of pace to break Sorenstam's 1997 record of $1,236,789.

Webb has finished among the top 10 in all 10 of her starts this year.

In addition to breaking her own 1996 LPGA International 72-hole scoring record of 16 under par, Webb tied the tournament scoring record, previously set by Beth Daniel in 1990 when the event was played at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee.

"I can't explain it, other than the fact that I work very hard at my game and everything's falling into place," Webb said. "It's nice to be in contention every week and have a chance to win. I'm going to ride this as long as I can."

Webb has broken 70 in seven of her last nine rounds and in 25-of-36 rounds this year. …

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