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Karrie Webb joins Hall of Fame

One of Karrie Webb's shortest putts of the day meant the most.

The 30-year-old Australian rolled in a 2-foot par putt to cap a 2-over 74 in the opening round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday, and when the ball dropped into the cup, Webb officially became a Hall of Famer.

Completing the round was the final requirement to reach the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame for Webb, the winner of six major titles and 30 overall LPGA Tour events.

``It's amazing,'' she said. ``I've known for a few years that all I had to do was stand upright for 10 tournaments a year.''

Webb earned the required 27 points to qualify for the hall with her victory in the 2000 U.S. Women's Open. She repeated as Open champion the following year and needed only to play on the LPGA Tour for 10 years to qualify.

``I've had time to reflect and realize what I've achieved,'' Webb said before being overcome by emotion.

Webb is the only player to win the ``Super Slam.'' She won the Kraft Nabisco (2000), U.S. Open (2000-01), LPGA Championship (2001) and du Maurier Classic (1999). The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier in 2001, and Webb won at Turnberry a year later. She also has won at least once every year on tour.

``You are to go down in history as one of the greatest golfers the game has ever known -- not women golfers, but the game of golf,'' LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw said.

Webb was paired Thursday with good friends Meg Mallon and first-round co-leader Laura Diaz, and received hugs after the final putt fell.

``There are only a handful of people I would have loved to play with today, and that was two of them,'' Webb said.

Webb made the turn at 1 under, but bogeyed No. 10 and made a 7 on the par-3 12th. She bounced back with birdies at Nos. 15 and 17 before playing the hole that would get her into the hall.

``I was trying to get myself back closer to par, and I guess I wasn't really thinking about it until I hit into the green because ... you're focused on today and trying to keep myself in there with a chance for this week,'' she said.


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