Karrie Webb

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Karrie Webb
— Golfer —
2010 Women's British Open - Karrie Webb (11).jpg
Personal information
Full name Karrie Anne Webb
Born (1974-12-21) 21 December 1974 (age 39)
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 1994
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 1996)
ALPG Tour (joined 1994)
Former tour(s) Ladies European Tour
Professional wins 57
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 41 (T10 all-time)
Ladies European Tour 15
LPGA of Japan Tour 3
ALPG Tour 13
Symetra Tour 1
Other 3
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 7)
ANA Inspiration Won: 2000, 2006
LPGA Championship Won: 2001
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2000, 2001
du Maurier Classic Won: 1999
Women's British Open Won: 2002
Evian Championship 2nd: 2014
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2005 (member page)
Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
1995
LPGA Rookie of the Year 1996
LPGA Tour
Money Winner
1996, 1999, 2000
LPGA Tour
Player of the Year
1999, 2000
LPGA Vare Trophy 1997, 1999, 2000
LPGA
Achievement Award
2000
GWAA Female
Player of the Year
2000

Karrie Ann Webb AM (born 21 December 1974) is Australia's most successful female professional golfer, and one of the greatest players in the history of women's golf. She plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and also turns out once or twice a year on the ALPG Tour in her home country. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has 41 wins on the LPGA Tour, more than any other active player.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Webb was born in Ayr, Queensland. She was a member of the Australian Amateur team, making six international appearances from 1992–1994, including a 1994 appearance in the Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Golf Team Championships.[1] This was the year she became the Australian Strokeplay Champion where she scored a 128 on a par 68 course, over 36 holes.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Webb began her professional golfing career in 1994 playing on the Ladies European Tour where she finished second at the Women's Australian Open[2] and the Futures Tour in the U.S., where she won one tournament.[3] In 1995 she became the youngest ever winner of the Weetabix Women's British Open in her rookie season in Europe,[2] prior to it being classed as an LPGA major, and was European Rookie of the Year. She qualified for the LPGA Tour after she finished second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament despite playing with a broken bone in her wrist.[3]

In 1996 Webb won her first LPGA tournament in her second LPGA start at the HealthSouth Inaugural on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. She won three other tournaments and became the first LPGA player to win $1 million mark in a single season topping the year end money list.[4] She was also the 1996 LPGA Rookie of the Year.[3]

In 1997 Webb won three times on the LPGA Tour including another win at the Weetabix Women's British Open, won her first Vare Trophy[5] and was voted 1997 ESPY Best Female Golfer.[6] In 1999 Webb won her first major championship at the du Maurier Ltd. Classic and won her first LPGA Tour Player of the Year award.[7]

Webb also took part in the largest playoff in LPGA Tour history at the 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.[8] Se Ri Pak birdied the first sudden death playoff hole to defeat Webb, Mardi Lunn, Carin Koch, Sherri Steinhauer, and Kelli Kuehne.[9]

In 2000, Webb won two more major championships, following up her win at the Nabisco Championship with a win at the U.S. Women's Open. This gained her a second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year title and Vare Trophy and she topped the money list, missing out on a chance to become the LPGA's first single-season $2 million winner by taking a mid season break to return home to Australia to run with the Olympic torch.[10] Teamed with Rachel Hetherington representing Australia she won the Women's World Cup in Malaysia,[11] was awarded the preeminent sport award in Australia, the Dawn Fraser Award.[12] and was named Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.[13]

She successfully defended her U.S. Women's Open title in 2001 and won the LPGA Championship to become the youngest winner of the LPGA Career Grand Slam.[14] She teamed with David Duval to play against Annika Sörenstam and Tiger Woods in a made-for-TV Battle at Bighorn between the two best male and two best female players in the world. At the time, it provided women's golf its largest audience ever.[15] Webb's win at the 2002 Women's British Open, which had become an LPGA major in 2001, meant she completed a Super Career Grand Slam – every available major championship in women's golf in her career.[16]

Webb now suffered a three-year slump. She collected just two LPGA wins in the next two years and in 2005 had a best LPGA finish of tied sixth[17] although she did team up with Rachel Hetherington to represent Australia at the Women's World Cup of Golf[18] and won her fifth ANZ Ladies Masters title back home in Australia.[19]

Webb qualified for entry to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000, but was not eligible for induction until she had played ten LPGA Tour events in each of ten seasons. She met this criterion on 9 June 2005 when she completed the first round of the LPGA Championship.[20] At age 30, she became the youngest living person ever to enter the Hall of Fame,[14] and kept that distinction until 2007, when fellow LPGA star Se Ri Pak was inducted.

Webb staged a comeback season in 2006. In the final round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship she holed a 116-yard shot from the fairway to eagle the 18th hole and then birdied the same hole in a sudden-death playoff to beat Lorena Ochoa and win her second Kraft Nabisco Championship.[21] She won four other tournaments including the Evian Masters[22] and Mizuno Classic.[23] Her 2006 Kraft Nabisco win took her into the top ten of the Women's World Golf Rankings for the first time since they were introduced in February 2006.

Her 41 LPGA Tour victories places her tied for 10th with Babe Zaharias on the list of players with the most career LPGA tournament wins[24] and first among all active players.

Professional wins (57)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (41)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (7)
Other LPGA Tour (34)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Aug 1995 Weetabix Women's British Open1 −14 (69-70-69-70=278) 6 strokes United States Jill McGill
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
2 21 Jan 1996 HealthSouth Inaugural −7 (70-70-69=209) Playoff United States Jane Geddes
United States Martha Nause
3 5 May 1996 Sprint Titleholders Championship −16 (71-65-70-66=272) 1 stroke United States Kelly Robbins
4 15 Sep 1996 Safeco Classic −11 (66-71-71-69=277) 2 shots United States Patty Sheehan
5 24 Nov 1996 ITT LPGA Tour Championship −16 (69-70-68-65=272) 4 strokes United States Emilee Klein
United States Nancy Lopez
United States Kelly Robbins
6 20 Apr 1997 Susan G. Komen International −12 (72-72-66-66=276) 2 strokes United States Nanci Bowen
United States Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Canada Lorie Kane
7 17 Aug 1997 Weetabix Women's British Open1 −19 (65-70-63-71=269) 8 strokes United States Rosie Jones
8 14 Sep 1997 Safeco Classic −16 (67-67-71-67=272) 1 stroke Sweden Annika Sörenstam
9 1 Mar 1998 Australian Ladies Masters2 −16 (69-69-64-70=272) 5 strokes South Korea Hyun Soon Park
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
10 19 Apr 1998 City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic −19 (68-66-68-67=269) 3 strokes United States Meg Mallon
11 30 Jan 1999 The Office Depot −10 (67-69-72-70=278) 1 stroke United States Dottie Pepper
United States Kris Tschetter
12 28 Feb 1999 Australian Ladies Masters2 −26 (63-67-64-68=262) 10 strokes Scotland Janice Moodie
13 21 Mar 1999 Standard Register PING −14 (68-68-69-69=274) 4 strokes Canada Lorie Kane
14 9 May 1999 Mercury Titleholders Championship −17 (69-66-70-66=271) 3 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam
15 13 Jun 1999 Wegmans Rochester International −8 (75-67-68-70=280) 1 stroke United States Cindy McCurdy
16 1 Aug 1999 du Maurier Classic −11 (73-72-66-66=277) 2 strokes England Laura Davies
17 16 Jan 2000 The Office Depot −7 (65-75-70-71=281) 4 strokes United States Juli Inkster
18 27 Feb 2000 Australian Ladies Masters2 −14 (68-68-70-68=274) 1 stroke Canada Lorie Kane
19 4 Mar 2000 LPGA Takefuji Classic −9 (68-70-69=207) Playoff Sweden Annika Sörenstam
20 26 Mar 2000 Nabisco Championship −14 (67-70-67-70=274) 10 strokes United States Dottie Pepper
21 23 Jul 2000 U.S. Women's Open −6 (69-72-68-73=282) 5 strokes United States Meg Mallon
United States Cristie Kerr
22 27 Aug 2000 Oldsmobile Classic −23 (66-61-66-72=265) 2 strokes United States Meg Mallon
23 22 Oct 2000 AFLAC Champions −15 (69-67-68-69=273) Playoff United States Dottie Pepper
24 3 Jun 2001 U.S. Women's Open −7 (70-65-69-69=273) 8 strokes South Korea Se Ri Pak
25 24 Jun 2001 McDonald's LPGA Championship −14 (67-64-70-69=270) 2 strokes United States Laura Diaz
26 18 Nov 2001 Tyco/ADT Championship[25] −9 (67-71-73-68=279) 2 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam
27 23 Jun 2002 Wegmans Rochester LPGA[26] −12 (64-72-72-68=276) 1 stroke South Korea Mi Hyun Kim
28 11 Aug 2002 Weetabix Women's British Open1 −15 (66-71-70-66=273) 2 strokes Australia Michelle Ellis
Spain Paula Martí
29 7 Sep 2003 John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic −10 (65-69-66=200) 9 strokes United States Dorothy Delasin
Taiwan Candie Kung
United States Jamie Hullett
United States Tammie Green
30 6 Jun 2004 Kellogg-Keebler Classic −16 (69-64-67=200) 5 strokes Malaysia Siew-Ai Lim
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
31 2 Apr 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship −9 (70-68-76-65=279) Playoff Mexico Lorena Ochoa
32 14 May 2006 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill −14 (66-68-66-70=270) 7 strokes Mexico Lorena Ochoa
South Korea Hee-Won Han
33 29 Jul 2006 Evian Masters1 −16 (67-68-69-68=272) 1 stroke England Laura Davies
United States Michelle Wie
34 24 Sep 2006 Longs Drugs Challenge −15 (67-70-66-70=273) 1 stroke Sweden Annika Sörenstam
35 5 Nov 2006 Mizuno Classic3 −14 (69-67-66=202) 4 strokes Japan Kaori Higo
36 29 Mar 2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International −14 (70-68-69-67=274) 2 strokes South Korea Jiyai Shin
37 27 Feb 2011 HSBC Women's Champions −13 (70-66-70-69=275) 1 stroke Japan Chie Arimura
38 20 Mar 2011 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup −12 (71-67-66=204) 1 stroke United States Brittany Lincicome
United States Paula Creamer
39 2 Jun 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic −4 (72-69-68=209) 2 strokes China Shanshan Feng
40 16 Feb 2014 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open5 −12 (71-69-68-68=276) 1 stroke South Korea Chella Choi
41 23 Mar 2014 JTBC Founders Cup −19 (66-71-69-63=269) 1 stroke New Zealand Lydia Ko
South Korea Mirim Lee
United States Stacy Lewis
Spain Azahara Muñoz
South Korea Amy Yang

LPGA Tour playoff record (4–6)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 HealthSouth Inaugural United States Jane Geddes, United States Martha Nause Won with par on fourth extra hole
Nause eliminated with par on first hole
2 1997 HealthSouth Inaugural United States Michelle McGann Lost to par on first extra hole
3 1999 Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Sweden Carin Koch, United States Kelli Kuehne, Australia Mardi Lunn
South Korea Se Ri Pak, United States Sherri Steinhauer
Pak won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1999 PageNet Championship England Laura Davies, South Korea Se Ri Pak Pak won with birdie on first extra hole
5 2000 LPGA Takefuji Classic Sweden Annika Sörenstam Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 2000 Evian Masters Sweden Annika Sörenstam Lost to eagle on first extra hole
7 2000 AFLAC Champions United States Dottie Pepper Won with par on first extra hole
8 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship Mexico Lorena Ochoa Won with birdie on first extra hole
9 2006 McDonald's LPGA Championship South Korea Se Ri Pak Lost to birdie on first extra hole
10 2008 Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika South Korea Seon Hwa Lee Lost to par on first extra hole

LPGA majors are shown in bold.

ALPG Tour wins (13)[edit]

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (3)[edit]

Ladies European Tour wins (15)[edit]

Futures Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 1995 Golden Flake Golden Ocala Futures Classic

Other wins (3)[edit]

Notes

  • 1 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour
  • 2 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and ALPG Tour
  • 3 Co-sanctioned by LPGA Tour and LPGA of Japan Tour
  • 4 Co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour and Ladies European Tour
  • 5 Co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour, Ladies European Tour, and LPGA Tour

Major championships[edit]

Wins (7)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1999 du Maurier Classic −11 (73-72-66-66=277) 2 strokes England Laura Davies
2000 Nabisco Championship −14 (67-70-67-70=274) 10 strokes United States Dottie Pepper
2000 U.S. Women's Open −6 (69-72-68-73=282) 5 strokes United States Cristie Kerr, United States Meg Mallon
2001 McDonald's LPGA Championship −14 (67-64-70-69=270) 2 strokes United States Laura Diaz
2001 U.S. Women's Open −7 (70-65-69-69=273) 8 strokes South Korea Se Ri Pak
2002 Weetabix Women's British Open −15 (66-71-70-66=273) 2 strokes Australia Michelle Ellis, Spain Paula Martí
2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship −9 (70-68-76-65=279) Playoff 1 Mexico Lorena Ochoa

1 Defeated Ochoa with birdie on first extra hole

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Kraft Nabisco Championship T5 29 T7 3 1
LPGA Championship T41 T9 T4 CUT T9
U.S. Women's Open T19 4 T31 7 1
du Maurier Classic ^ T2 T27 T14 1 T7
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Kraft Nabisco Championship T2 7 T21 3 T44 1 T20 T13 T8
LPGA Championship 1 T4 T56 T39 T20 2 2 T29 T49
U.S. Women's Open 1 CUT CUT T16 T31 T37 CUT T38 T34
Women's British Open T15 1 T3 DNP T11 CUT T28 T9 2
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T5 T13 T15 T5 T11
U.S. Women's Open T17 T6 T50 T13 T30
Women's British Open T43 T22 T5 CUT CUT
LPGA Championship T5 T20 T6 T33 T25
The Evian Championship ^^ T15 2

^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
† Webb won the Women's British Open in 1995 and 1997 before it became an LPGA major.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 75
  • Wins – 7
  • 2nd place finishes – 6
  • 3rd place finishes – 3
  • Top 3 finishes – 16
  • Top 5 finishes – 24
  • Top 10 finishes – 34
  • Top 25 finishes – 52
  • Missed cuts – 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 24
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 9

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
Made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
Finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
Rolex
ranking
1996 25 24 4 5 1 15 1 1,002,000 1 70.86 3
1997 25 25 3 4 3 20 1 987,606 2 70.00 1
1998 23 22 2 1 3 13 1 704,477 4 70.52 3
1999 25 23 6 6 4 22 1 1,591,959 1 69.43 1
2000 22 22 7 3 1 17 1 1,876,853 1 70.05 1
2001 22 22 3 4 0 13 1 1,535,404 3 70.16 3
2002 21 20 2 0 3 12 1 1,009,760 5 70.33 3
2003 23 21 1 1 1 12 1 780,239 11 70.39 5
2004 22 21 1 1 2 8 1 748,316 9 70.53 6
2005 21 20 0 1 0 5 2 500,268 27 71.52 16
2006 21 20 5 3 1 13 1 2,090,113 2 70.11 4 3
2007 21 19 0 1 1 6 2 630,030 22 71.93 18 2
2008 20 19 0 2 1 6 2 854,562 18 71.24 11 10
2009 25 18 1 2 0 6 1 968,098 12 71.26 18 13
2010 23 22 0 0 0 6 T4 479,889 23 71.06 12 15
2011 20 20 2 0 1 5 1 757,671 14 71.56 17 18
2012 20 20 0 1 1 7 T2 884,973 12 71.19 18 16
2013 21 19 1 0 0 6 1 765,880 13 70.64 8 8
2014 9 9 2 0 1 3 1 589,473 5 70.58 12
  • official through 25 May 2014[27]

* Includes matchplay and other tournaments without a cut

Honours[edit]

Webb was awarded the Centenary Medal on 1 January 2001.[28]

On 26 January 2010 Webb was appointed an Member of the Order of Australia for service to golf, and to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of health and disability organisations.[29]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Notable Past Players". International Golf Federation. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Karrie Webb Player Profile". ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf). Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Karrie Webb Full Career Bio". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Annual Money Leaders". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Vare Trophy Winners". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 7 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "ESPY Awards past winners". ESPN. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Rolex Player of the Year Winners". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 7 March 2007. 
  8. ^ LPGA All-Time Records
  9. ^ Pak wins six player playoff
  10. ^ Lisa D. Mickey (15 September 2000). "Karrie weaving her own 'Webb'". Golf World. Archived from the original on 16 May 2003. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Australia win women's world cup". BBC Sport. 3 December 2000. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "27th Australian Sport Awards Overview". AustralianSportAwards.com. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  13. ^ "Nelson, Webb & Woods gain Writers Awards". Golf Today. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  14. ^ a b "Youngest member of the World Golf Hall of Fame". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  15. ^ Michael Arkush (31 July 2001). "Golf; Woods and Sorenstam Capture a Sloppy Battle". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  16. ^ Martin Park (11 August 2002). "Webb cruises to sixth major victory". LET Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  17. ^ "Webb's comeback is the stuff of golf legends". Worldgolf.com. 3 August 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  18. ^ Martin Park (10 February 2005). "Women's World Cup of Golf set for Friday". LET Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  19. ^ Martin Park (27 February 2005). "Miyazato caught in Karrie's Webb". LET Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  20. ^ "Karrie Webb enters the Hall of Fame". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 4 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "Webb's Dramatic Eagle Leads to Seventh Major". The New York Times. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Webb tops Wie by a shot to win Evian Masters". USA Today. 29 July 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  23. ^ "Webb ends Sörenstam's Mizuno streak". USA Today. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  24. ^ "Official Career Wins". LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). Retrieved 7 March 2007. 
  25. ^ "LPGA Tour Championship Results". USA Today. 20 November 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "Rochester International Results". USA Today. 23 June 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "Karrie Webb stats". LPGA. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "Karrie Webb". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Karrie Webb AM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 

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