MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Karrie Webb won the Women's Australian Open for the fifth time Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round to beat Chella Choi by one stroke.
Webb birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday to take a share of the third-round lead, pushed a 10-foot putt wide of the hole at 18 to miss the chance for a playoff.
Webb, who clinched her 40th LPGA title, finished at 12-under 276 overall. She previously won the Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008.
"I got off to a great start and I just did a great job mentally today," Webb said. "I can't think of another time when I held myself together as well as that."
The win marked a remarkable change of fortune for the No. 8-ranked Australian, who was disqualified from last week's Australian Ladies Masters after signing an incorrect scorecard. She had been the defending champion at the event.
Webb started five shots off the lead Sunday, but made six birdies and only two bogeys as the other leading challengers struggled in a strong wind on the Victoria Golf Club course.
"I was happy to see the conditions were going to be a little tougher today," Webb said. "I felt like that gave me a chance to make up some ground."
Choi had played 14 holes and was at 11 under when Webb finished her round, leaving the Australian with an anxious wait to see whether her score would hold up. But the South Korean, who had two eagles and six birdies in her record-setting third round, couldn't make a birdie on the back nine Sunday.
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