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Karrie Webb clinches narrow victory

Australia 's Karrie Webb captured her third title of the season at the Evian Masters in France with a one shot victory over US star Michelle Wie and England 's Laura Davies.

The seven-time major championship winner, who held a one-stroke lead coming into Saturday's final round, fired rounds of 67, 68, 69 and 68 for a total of 16-under-par 272 and earned a winner's cheque of 380,000 euros.

“I am really thrilled actually. It was sort of an up and down day,” said Webb. “I played very solidly. I did not play the front nine as well as I did the few days. I played the back nine really solidly.”

Webb claimed her 33 rd career victory and turned the tables on Wie, who took a two shot lead after 11 holes in the final round.

“I kind of told myself to get in there and start trusting myself a little bit more and just start believing in myself,” Webb admitted. “I played extremely well the last couple of holes. I thought I was going to have to get to 17-under, but 16 ended up being good enough.”

The final round saw Webb battle with Wie, Davies and Lorena Ochoa, although Mi Hyun Kim of Korea climbed steadily up the leader board and into fourth position, eventually finishing just two shots adrift of the champion on 14-under-par.

Ochoa, the US no.1 and no.3 in the Rolex World Rankings, had an albatross two at the 460-yard par-five ninth hole, which took her into the joint lead with Webb after nine holes, but level par on the back nine meant she had to settle for fifth position.

Davies, a winner of 66 tournaments and a two-time winner of the event, had to settle for her third second place finish of the season in Europe and was delighted with the way she played despite the fact she missed an eagle opportunity to force a play-off at the par-five 18 th , where she played a seven-iron 186 yards to 12 feet.

“Under the pressure of this tournament, it's been a good week, a great week: wonderful. I couldn't be more pleased apart from the fact that the putt on the last missed. But I've got a feeling that if I'd have holed it Webby would have holed it too. It's one of those things. What can I do?” Davies said.

Webb fought until the last to capture the title and she said: “ I thought Laura played extremely well. That is the best I have seen her play in a long time now and it is good to see her in contention and playing well. That last shot into 18 was very impressive and that putt could have gone in. She hit a great putt.”

Wie thrilled the galleries by surging into a tie for the lead after she eagled the ninth hole and then taking the two stroke lead over Webb and Davies.

But one under on the back nine was not good enough. Despite missing out on the chance to secure her first title, she recorded her career best finish as a professional. (She was an amateur when she tied for second in the event last year).

“When I look back at it, I could not have played harder today. I played every shot as best as I could. I feel like I played a great round today and shot four under,” Wie said. “I am getting very close. It is not as easy as it would seem, but I feel very good about my game.”

 

 




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