Webb storms home to con­tinue hot streak

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

AUS­TRALIA’S Karrie Webb won her sec­ond ti­tle in three LPGA events this sea­son, fir­ing a six-un­der par 66 to take the in­au­gu­ral LPGA Founders Cup by one stroke.

Webb ap­peared des­tined for a play­off with Brit­tany Lin­ci­come, but the Amer­i­can took only her sec­ond bo­gey of the 54-hole event at the 18th hole to give the Aussie vet­eran her 37th LPGA ti­tle on 12-un­der par 204.

‘‘ Brit­tany played great this week, played great to­day,’’ Webb said.

Webb, a seven-time ma­jor cham­pion, won the HSBC Women’s Cham­pi­onship last month in Sin­ga­pore but was six strokes off the pace when the fi­nal round be­gan in Phoenix.

Vic­tory in the $ US1 mil­lion event brought no prize money for the 36-year-old LPGA Hall of Famer, with all prize money go­ing to char­ity.

Half the money went to LPGA youth pro­grams while top-10 fin- ish­ers di­rected do­na­tions of the rest.

Webb do­nated $ US100,000 to the Christo­pher and Dana Reeve Foun­da­tion to com­bat paral­y­sis and in a sur­prise move an­nounced af­ter the vic­tory she’d do­nate $ US100,000 to char­i­ties work­ing on the Ja­panese earth­quake and tsunami re­lief ef­fort.

‘‘ The Ja­pan peo­ple have done a lot for me, Ja­panese com­pa­nies as well, and I feel like I need to give back to them,’’ Webb said.

The Cup paid tribute to the 13 found­ing LPGA play­ers, three of whom greeted play­ers as they ex­ited the 18th green on Sun­day.

‘‘ I’m re­ally hon­oured to win the in­au­gu­ral Founders Cup,’’ Webb said.

‘‘ It’s a great con­cept and we need to hon­our these ladies more than we do.

‘‘ The rea­son we’re play­ing to­day is be­cause of them.’’

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