by Jeff Skinner
Karrie Webb called on her years of experience to make a back nine charge and take down third round leader Arimura Chie for the victory at The LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champion’s in Singapore. A string of four straight birdies put Webb to thirteen under par and gave the 36 year old Hall of Famer her 37th career LPGA win.
Yani Tseng opened with five birdies on her front nine in an attempt to win her fifth straight tournament. But she fell short in her quest to rule 2011 even though her 67 was the low round of the day.
Webb added another win to her illustrious 15 year career that includes the career grand slam, seven majors, three LPGA money list titles, three Vare Trophies and two Rolex Player of the year awards.
Webb talked about being patient and calling on her experience. “It was a very up and down day. I started off a little slowly and managed my game pretty well and then obviously Yani made a great run on the front nine, but then bogeyed 10.
So I was getting a little frustrated, I had gotten three shots behind. But you know, there was still a lot of golf left and I think my patience paid off, because I put a great swing on a 4 iron on the next and Chie bogeyed. And so I was back to one shot behind. So just like that, I felt really back in the tournament and rolled off another three birdies. So you know, I still knew that losing 14, it wasn’t over and that I had a lot of golf left.”
Webb hopes this early season win sets the tone for 2001. “For me, personally, to win this event, to win this early in the year, I really hope it sets things up for a great run. You know, I think I handled my emotions very well this week, and you know, even through the lean ball striking period that I had, probably every day I had a couple of holes where I didn’t hit it very well but I managed to stay calm, got up and down more often than not which is good and then I made my birdies when I could.”