Karrie Webb will chase an eighth major championship crown with fresh confidence after pulling off a dazzling victory in the LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup.
The 39-year-old Australian turned back the clock as she flew up the leaderboard with a course record-equalling nine-under-par 63 with 10 birdies on Sunday to win by one stroke from five players.
Webb came from six shots back and with 19 players in front of her at the start of the day and had to wait around for about 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her 19-under 269 score at the Wildfire club course in Phoenix.
All came up short as overnight leader Lydia Ko of New Zealand (70), American Stacy Lewis (66), Spain’s Azahara Munoz (67) and South Koreans Amy Yang (67) and Mirim Lee (69) tied for second.
Remarkably it was the second time Webb achieved the feat, having also come from six back on the last day to win the Founders Cup in 2011.
It was Webb’s 41st LPGA Tour win and serves as an ideal lead up to the year’s first major championship, the Kraft Nabisco from April 3-6, where she will seek her eighth major and first since 2006.
Webb said she stood on the 10th tee at 13-under and asked herself what it would take to win, deciding she would need to get to 20-under.
She proceeded to make six birdies in her last nine holes including four straight from the 13th and another from 20 feet on the last but felt it still wouldn’t be enough.
“Even when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here,” said Webb.
“So I feel a little bit lucky … but it doesn’t make it feel any less special.”
It was Webb’s second LPGA win of the year following her record fifth Australian Women’s Open title last month.
It moved her into a tie for 10th on the LPGA’s all-time win list with the legendary Babe Zaharias.
She capped off the special day by donating $US50,000 ($A55,000) of her $US225,000 ($A248,000) winner’s cheque – $US25,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and $US25,000 to The Founders film, which is a documentary that is being shot about the tour’s 13 founders.
Webb is close friends with 90-year-old Louise Suggs, one of the tour’s founding players who was unable to attend the event this year.
“She called me Friday night,” Webb said. “She told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So, I made it up to her today.”