Sunday, February 3, 2008

Karrie Webb Wins her fourth Australian Open

Australia's Karrie Webb has won the Women's Australian Open at the second hole of a sudden death playoff from Korea's Ji-Yai Shin.

The win is Webb's fourth in her national championship, and her second in as many years.

After beginning the final round locked together, the pair swapped position throughout the day before Shin took a two shot lead when she birdied the par four 15th.

Playing ahead of Webb, Shinn safely negotiated the final three holes, arriving at the clubhouse in 67 shots, six-under par.

Webb duly birdied the 16th, a straightforward par four.

But with two of the toughest holes on the course ahead of her, Webb appeared to have little chance of pegging the Korean back.

She then showed her class by holing out from three metres at the par three 17th to level the score.

Webb stepped onto the par four 18th, a hole she had bogeyed in the second and third rounds, and played it perfectly in par to force the playoff.

A near identical effort at the first playoff hole - again the 18th - was matched by Shin and both players walked off the green with pars.

The 33-year-old Australian hit her third drive from the 18th to an almost identical position to her first two to be rewarded with a the shortest of her three putts which she holed from three metres.


My Thoughts

I was just thinking about it and I don't usually blog about womens golf, but I will certainly be doing it in the future. I watched the whole final round today and the finish was just spectacular. Ji-Yai Shin was superb and really looked like she had the tournament won.

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