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Webb Continues to Cement LPGA Legacy, Earns Win No. 39 in New Jersey
LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famer Karrie Webb is one of the few living legends who continues to actively walk the fairways at LPGA Tour events. And the 38-year old showed no signs this year of slowing down her illustrious career. Webb, who ranks second on the all-time money list and is first among active players, continues to play at an elite level on a Tour that has been dominated by young twenty-somethings and teenagers as of late.
The Australian broke back into the winner’s circle at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer and did so in dramatic fashion. After a 46-event winless streak dating back to the 2011 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, Webb made it clear she was motivated to earn another piece of hardware for her already crowded trophy case.
Players battled blustery conditions in Galloway, N.J. all week and Webb started the final round on Sunday five shots behind third-round leader Shanshan Feng. Well-known on Tour for her competitive spirit, Webb usually doesn’t need extra incentive. But after speaking on the phone with her grandmother, who was hospitalized earlier in the week, Webb knew what she had to do to make the week worth it.
“When I spoke to her, I think it was Wednesday night or Thursday morning, she told me that I needed to win this one for her,” said Webb. “I was like, ‘This isn't the one that you tell me that I have to win for you because I was like I've never really even had a shot to win here.’
“Well, when she started to make a turn for the better, my dad said, ‘Look, she's going to make it, so the pressure is off.’ He felt for me after she told me I had to win it for her. But you know, I was in contention and in the lead today. I was like, wow, I might actually be able to do this for her.”
Webb shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to finish two shots ahead of Feng and increased her career win total to 39 which ranks 11th all-time.
“It never gets old,” Webb said on winning. “It never gets any easier either. Today was extremely tough, and I'm just glad that I pulled it out.”