Webb takes Australian Ladies Masters

Karrie Webb won her seventh Australian Ladies Masters title Sunday,

closing with a course-record 11-under 61 for a six-stroke victory.

Webb, a stroke ahead of defending champion Katherine Hull and

South Korea’s Lee Bo-mee entering the final round, finished at

26-under 262 on the Royal Pines course to match the tournament

record she set in 1999.

Webb holed a 9-iron approach from about 110 yards for eagle

on the par-4 seventh and made a 30-foot putt on No. 18 for her

ninth birdie of the round. She broke the course record of 62 set

last year by Kristie Smith.

Hull and Lee shot 66s to tie for second in the event

sanctioned by Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies

European Tour.

Hull said Webb played “flawless golf.”

“It was just rock solid,” Hull said. “She was swinging it

well all day. I couldn’t make a putt coming in, but it was just

absolutely clinic golf on Karrie’s part.”

South Korea’s Seo Hee-kyung (66) was fourth at 19 under, and

compatriot Ryu So-yeon (70) followed at 15 under. American Amanda

Blumenherst, the leader after the first two rounds, shot a 70 to

tie for eighth, 13 strokes behind Webb.

Webb, who shot 64 on Saturday, had several threats to her

lead early on the back nine Sunday. She sank a 7-footer for par on

the par-3 11th after hitting her tee shot in the bunker. Hull

pulled within a stroke with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5

12th, but Webb matched her with a 10-footer, restoring her

two-stroke lead.

She took a three-stroke lead with four to play when she

birdied the 14th and Hull left her birdie attempt short.

The 35-year-old Webb has won seven of the 21 Australian

Masters held since 1990, and has played in 19 of them, giving her a

winning percentage at Royal Pines of 36 percent. Her first win came

in 1998, meaning she has won seven of the past 12.

Laura Davies, who won the New Zealand Women’s Open last week

for her 73rd worldwide title, finished with a 71 to tie for 25th,

18 strokes behind Webb.

Davies will defend her Women’s Australian Open title next

week at Commonwealth in Melbourne. She will be joined by Webb,

Blumenherst and Hull in another combined Australian and Ladies

European Tour event.