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Karrie Webb
Another great year for Karrie Webb
Webb wins LPGA "Triple Crown"

Webb wins LPGA "Triple Crown"

In just her fourth year as an LPGA professional, Australia's Karrie Webb won all three of the LPGA's top year-end honors for 1999: Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and leading money winner for 1999.Webb set LPGA records in each of the categories: accumulating 337.29 points, the largest point total since the current Rolex Player of the Year format was instituted; recording a 69.43 scoring average, the lowest in LPGA history; and earning $1,591,959, a single-season earnings record.While this is Webb's first Rolex Player of the Year honor, she has won two Vare Trophies (1997, 1999) and two season-ending money titles (1996, 1999).

"I just hope there are more years like this to come," said Webb, who was the 1996 Rolex Rookie of the Year, "because there is no better feeling than being named the best - best Player of the Year and to set a scoring record like I did.

"But, I think as much as I wanted to set a low scoring average, I really wanted to win Player of the Year as well.But, I also feel that winning Player of the Year, and there's always only one winner, but I really think that if we could, Juli (Inkster) and I really deserve to win it together because of the year that she's had."

During 1999, Webb recorded 22 top-10 finishes in 25 starts, including six wins, to earn 337.29 points, edging out newly inducted LPGA Tour Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster, who finished second with 293.50 points.Inkster, during 1999, won five tournaments, including two majors; achieved the career Grand Slam; and entered the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame.Webb's 337.29-point total is the highest since the format changed in 1996.Webb's year also including setting a 72-hole scoring record of 26-under-par at the Australian Ladies Masters and winning her first major, the du Maurier Classic.She led the LPGA Tour in rounds in the 60s (67 of 90 rounds), greens in regulation (77 percent) and top 10s (22 of 25 events), as was well as finishing second in birdies (396 in 90 rounds).

"I think it's hard to say that one person is this year's Player of the Year, because I think it was two," said Webb.

Webb's 69.43 is the lowest in the Vare Trophy's 47-year history.Webb bettered Annika Sorenstam's record-setting 1998 scoring average by 0.56.When Webb captured her first Vare Trophy in 1997, she became the first player to finish the season at 70.00.Webb's highest score in 90 rounds in 1999 was a four-over-par 76.

In addition to the Vare Trophy and Rolex Player of the Year honors, Webb earned an LPGA record-setting $1,591,959 to claim the season-ending money title for the second time in her career year.Her earnings total betters the previous record (Sorenstam, 1997) by $499,211.Webb has set a host of money records this season: fastest to reach $3 million in career earnings; fastest to reach $4 million in career earnings; fastest to $400,000 in single-season earnings, as well as $500,000, $600,000, $700,000, $800,000 and $900,000 in single-season earnings.Webb tied Inkster for the fastest to $1 million in single-season earnings, which they both crossed at the Japan Airlines Big Apple Classic, their 16th event of the season.

Webb is currently ranked 11th on the all-time LPGA career earnings list with $4,286,042, an impressively-high ranking for a player who has only been on Tour four seasons.Of the 10 players ranked ahead of Webb, the average length of time on Tour is 16.3 years.

The Rolex Player of the Year award is given to the LPGA professional who earns the most points at each official LPGA tournament based on top-10 finishes.Points are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and the season-ending PageNet Championship.The lowest scoring average for the Vare Trophy is determined by adding up all of the scores from a player's rounds and dividing that number by the number of rounds.Players must complete 70 rounds to be eligible for the Vare Trophy.