Karrie Webb Wins 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic

Karrie Webb (click to enlarge)

Despite the youth uprising infiltrating the world of women’s golf, let’s not yet hand over the keys to the car to the teenage (and recently teenage) sensations just yet. 38-years young Hall of Famer Karrie Webb put on a dazzling display of final round golf to capture the 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic. I’m not describing her efforts with superlatives simply because she won. Somebody wins every week. While each triumph on tour takes a great effort, not every final round is dazzling. What made Webb’s performance shine so brightly was that the players that ended round 2 on Saturday with the best shots at seizing the trophy on Sunday were being blown astray by the crosswinds on the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Overnight leader Shanshan Feng stumbled with a 4-over round. Chie Arimura fell out of contention with a 3-over. Michelle Wie earned her first top 10 of the year. That should be a much needed shot in the arm for her, except that she finished with a less than spectacular 3-over. The player I was probably rooting for the most, Moriya Jutanugarn, had the worst day of them all, a 7-over implosion left all the more smarting with a 2-shot time penalty rubbed like pickle juice in a wound. A 3-under by Karrie on this day was like a 5-under, maybe even better. If you look at who was able to match Webb at 69 on Sunday, you’ll see familiar names Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer. Not only are all three experienced champions, but all three are US Women’s Open champions. I am not so daft as to suggest that the Bay Course was playing like a USGA set-up. I am merely suggesting that perhaps these three ladies have a history that demonstrates the ability to deal with the heat when course and conditions bite back.

Karrie Webb (click to enlarge)

Karrie wasted no time showing she was in it to win it. The par 4 2nd hole was the toughest on the course. Not for Karrie, who walked off that hole’s green with an early birdie to get her victory round going. But that was just an appetizer. The Order of Australia Member struck a hybrid on her 2nd shot to the par 5 3rd hole that came to rest roughly 7 feet from the hole. I don’t have to tell you what happened. Spell it out: E-A-G-L-E! Karrie did give one shot back on 6 with a bogey, but then the professionalism of a veteran kicked in. She didn’t have a birdie from 7 through 17, but she didn’t let herself go backwards with another bogey either. While the bodies were falling all around her, Webb stood tall. A final birdie on 18 was a fitting denouement on her 39th LPGA win. She moves out of a tie with Carol Mann at 38 wins for solo 11th place on the all-time LPGA Tour wins list. To crack into the top 10, she will need another 2 wins to match the legendary Babe Zaharias. I wouldn’t bet against Karrie to get those 2 wins, maybe more.

Karrie Webb (click to enlarge)

I must take a moment to turn away from the frivolity and fun of today’s win for Karrie to acknowledge that she was playing with a very heavy heart. Her beloved grandmother was gravely ill, near-death according to Karrie’s parents. Webb almost returned to Australia Thursday. She remained only because her grandmother, Marion Webb, insisted she stay and win one for her. Take heart Ms. Marion Webb, your granddaughter did just that. Not only was that news to lift her spirits, but word from Karrie’s father is that the health scare has taken a turn for the better. Let’s hope things continue to improve.

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KARRIE WEBB

CHIE ARIMURA

MICHELLE WIE

SHANSHAN FENG

HEE YOUNG PARK

HAEJI KANG

BEATRIZ RECARI

YANI TSENG

MORIYA JUTANUGARN

MIKA MIYAZATO

JENNIE LEE

IN-KYUNG KIM

AMANDA BLUMENHERST

KARINE ICHER

ANNA NORDQVIST

Pos Name 1 2 3 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Karrie Webb 72 69 68 -3 -4 209 $225,000
2 Shanshan Feng 69 67 75 +4 -2 211 $138,191
3 Hee Young Park 69 72 71 E -1 212 $100,248
4 Jenny Shin 70 73 70 -1 E 213 $77,549
T5 Gerina Piller 70 75 69 -2 +1 214 $48,422
T5 Jeong Jang 73 71 70 -1 +1 214 $48,422
T5 I.K. Kim 72 70 72 +1 +1 214 $48,422
T5 Chie Arimura 73 67 74 +3 +1 214 $48,422
T9 Caroline Hedwall 73 72 70 -1 +2 215 $29,790
T9 Julieta Granada 71 73 71 E +2 215 $29,790
T9 Ayako Uehara 75 69 71 E +2 215 $29,790
T9 Michelle Wie 68 73 74 +3 +2 215 $29,790
T13 Cristie Kerr 73 75 68 -3 +3 216 $22,092
T13 Paula Creamer 74 74 68 -3 +3 216 $22,092
T13 Mika Miyazato 72 70 74 +3 +3 216 $22,092
T13 Amanda Blumenherst 66 75 75 +4 +3 216 $22,092
T13 Anna Nordqvist 72 68 76 +5 +3 216 $22,092
T18 Alison Walshe 77 71 69 -2 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Jennifer Rosales 72 75 70 -1 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Jiyai Shin 71 76 70 -1 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Hee Kyung Seo 75 72 70 -1 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Nicole Castrale 74 72 71 E +4 217 $15,949
T18 Christina Kim 71 74 72 +1 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Na Yeon Choi 74 71 72 +1 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Ai Miyazato 70 74 73 +2 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Beatriz Recari 69 73 75 +4 +4 217 $15,949
T18 Moriya Jutanugarn 66 73 78 +7 +4 217 $15,949
T28 Lizette Salas 72 76 70 -1 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Pat Hurst 75 73 70 -1 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Mi Hyang Lee 70 77 71 E +5 218 $10,796
T28 Marcy Hart 78 69 71 E +5 218 $10,796
T28 Moira Dunn 72 74 72 +1 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 76 70 72 +1 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Lindsey Wright 71 74 73 +2 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Meena Lee 73 72 73 +2 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Becky Morgan 72 73 73 +2 +5 218 $10,796
T28 Karine Icher 74 67 77 +6 +5 218 $10,796
T38 Juli Inkster 74 74 71 E +6 219 $6,557
T38 Karen Stupples 73 75 71 E +6 219 $6,557
T38 Stacy Prammanasudh 76 72 71 E +6 219 $6,557
T38 Nicole Jeray 70 77 72 +1 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Mina Harigae 72 74 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Seon Hwa Lee 72 74 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Vicky Hurst 72 74 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Paige Mackenzie 73 73 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Ryann O’Toole 76 70 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Inbee Park 74 72 73 +2 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Lisa McCloskey 74 71 74 +3 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Pornanong Phatlum 69 75 75 +4 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Christel Boeljon 73 71 75 +4 +6 219 $6,557
T38 So Yeon Ryu 74 69 76 +5 +6 219 $6,557
T38 Jennie Lee 73 69 77 +6 +6 219 $6,557
T53 Ji Young Oh 69 79 72 +1 +7 220 $4,539
T53 Eun-Hee Ji 72 76 72 +1 +7 220 $4,539
T53 Azahara Munoz 73 74 73 +2 +7 220 $4,539
T53 Heather Bowie Young 71 75 74 +3 +7 220 $4,539
T53 Sun Young Yoo 76 70 74 +3 +7 220 $4,539
T58 Kris Tamulis 76 72 73 +2 +8 221 $3,783
T58 Stacy Lewis 67 80 74 +3 +8 221 $3,783
T58 Jee Young Lee 72 74 75 +4 +8 221 $3,783
T58 Chella Choi 70 75 76 +5 +8 221 $3,783
T58 Mo Martin 70 75 76 +5 +8 221 $3,783
T58 Haeji Kang 70 69 82 +11 +8 221 $3,783
T64 Sara Maude Juneau 69 79 74 +3 +9 222 $3,329
T64 Irene Cho 76 72 74 +3 +9 222 $3,329
T64 Jane Park 77 70 75 +4 +9 222 $3,329
T64 Alena Sharp 72 72 78 +7 +9 222 $3,329
T64 Jill McGill 73 70 79 +8 +9 222 $3,329
T69 Lisa Ferrero 75 73 75 +4 +10 223 $2,996
T69 Dewi Claire Schreefel 76 72 75 +4 +10 223 $2,996
T69 Jessica Shepley 77 71 75 +4 +10 223 $2,996
T69 Paola Moreno 71 75 77 +6 +10 223 $2,996
T69 Yani Tseng 74 69 80 +9 +10 223 $2,996
74 Jin Young Pak 75 73 77 +6 +12 225 $2,875
WD Song-Hee Kim WD WD WD WD WD WD
T75 Dori Carter 72 77 MC 149
T75 Sandra Gal 78 71 MC 149
T75 Natalie Gulbis 73 76 MC 149
T75 Lorie Kane 72 77 MC 149
T75 Cindy LaCrosse 76 73 MC 149
T75 Pernilla Lindberg 74 75 MC 149
T75 Catriona Matthew 75 74 MC 149
T75 Jane Rah 75 74 MC 149
T75 Giulia Sergas 76 73 MC 149
T75 Thidapa Suwannapura 71 78 MC 149
T75 Momoko Ueda 73 76 MC 149
T86 Danah Bordner 75 75 MC 150
T86 Meaghan Francella 76 74 MC 150
T86 Numa Gulyanamitta 75 75 MC 150
T86 Katherine Hull-Kirk 75 75 MC 150
T86 Amy Hung 73 77 MC 150
T86 Jennifer Johnson 72 78 MC 150
T86 Sarah Kemp 74 76 MC 150
T86 Morgan Pressel 77 73 MC 150
T86 Jennifer Song 69 81 MC 150
T86 Lexi Thompson 72 78 MC 150
T96 Julia Boland 75 76 MC 151
T96 Jacqui Concolino 77 74 MC 151
T96 Austin Ernst 73 78 MC 151
T96 Veronica Felibert 77 74 MC 151
T96 Mindy Kim 77 74 MC 151
T96 Brittany Lang 75 76 MC 151
T96 Ilhee Lee 76 75 MC 151
T96 Stephanie Sherlock 75 76 MC 151
T96 Mariajo Uribe 75 76 MC 151
T96 Kim Welch 74 77 MC 151
T106 Marina Alex 76 76 MC 152
T106 Sandra Changkija 79 73 MC 152
T106 Daniela Iacobelli 75 77 MC 152
T106 Taylore Karle 75 77 MC 152
T106 Suzann Pettersen 76 76 MC 152
T111 Hee-Won Han 75 78 MC 153
T111 Maria Hjorth 73 80 MC 153
T111 Danielle Kang 76 77 MC 153
T111 Sarah Jane Smith 79 74 MC 153
T115 Silvia Cavalleri 76 78 MC 154
T115 Kathleen Ekey 78 76 MC 154
T115 Jennifer Gleason 77 77 MC 154
T115 Sophie Gustafson 74 80 MC 154
T115 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 75 79 MC 154
T115 Brooke Pancake 75 79 MC 154
T115 Hannah Yun 80 74 MC 154
T122 Laura Diaz 76 79 MC 155
T122 Felicity Johnson 83 72 MC 155
T122 Kristy McPherson 79 76 MC 155
T122 Sydnee Michaels 76 79 MC 155
T122 Reilley Rankin 77 78 MC 155
T122 Angela Stanford 76 79 MC 155
T122 Wendy Ward 77 78 MC 155
T129 Katie Futcher 74 82 MC 156
T129 M.J. Hur 79 77 MC 156
T131 Katie Burnett 78 79 MC 157
T131 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 80 77 MC 157
T133 Tiffany Joh 81 77 MC 158
T133 Birdie Kim 80 78 MC 158
T133 Victoria Tanco 74 84 MC 158
T136 Dina Ammaccapane 82 77 MC 159
T136 Nicole Smith 78 81 MC 159
138 Kayla Mortellaro 79 82 MC 161
139 Victoria Elizabeth 82 81 MC 163
140 Karlin Beck 84 80 MC 164
141 Lauren Doughtie 87 78 MC 165
142 Candie Kung 79 WD WD 79
143 Marina Stuetz 81 WD WD 81

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