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Karrie Webb rallies to win JTBC Founders Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 2:31 am •  Published: March 24, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — When Karrie Webb was asked about the all the good young players on the LPGA Tour, the questioner noted that Lydia Ko was 16 and Jessica Korda 21.

"I'm not even that added up," the 39-year-old Australian replied.

And to the Hall of Famer's surprise, when all the math was done Sunday in the JTBC Founders Cup, she was the one posing for pictures with the big trophy.

"I didn't expect to be sitting here at the start of the day," Webb said. "Even, actually, when I finished the day, I didn't expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn't make it feel any less special."

She took the lead with a course-record 9-under 63, then waited 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her. No one did.

"I thought best-case scenario I was in a playoff," Webb said.

Webb is close friends with founding player Louise Suggs and has a deep appreciation for the 13 women who started the LPGA Tour in 1950.

"It's a very special event," Webb said.

For the second time in the event, Webb overcame a six-stroke deficit in the final round. In 2011 in the inaugural tournament, she finished with a 66 for a one-stroke victory.

"I just love the feeling of this event," Webb said.

Webb donated $50,000 of her $225,000 check, giving $25,000 each to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and "The Founders" documentary movie. She did an interview for the film this week and learned that only about 10 percent of the necessary money had been raised to complete the project.

"I was just standing on the 18th green when Mike (Whan, LPGA Tour commissioner) was introducing me, and it just came to me that, 'You know, I would love to be a part of that movie being produced.'"

Webb talked Friday night with the 90-year-old Suggs, a fixture at the tournament the last three years but unable to make it this year.

"She told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn't do that," Webb said. "So, I made it up to her today."

She certainly did.

Webb had 10 birdies and a bogey, playing the back nine in 6-under 30. She birdied five of the last six holes, making a birdie with a 20-footer on the par-4 18th to finish at 19-under 269.

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