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Karrie Webb coasts to seven shot win

Karrie Webb hit her second shot on the 18th hole, watched it roll pin-high to about eight feet and broke into a smile. She had good reason to.

Webb fired a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday to wrap up a dominant wire-to-wire victory at the $2.2 million Michelob Ultra Open.

With a total of 14-under 270, the 31-year-old Australian earned $330,000 and finished seven shots clear of Lorena Ochoa and Hee-Won Han and announced that she is back.

Much of the talk surrounding the LPGA Tour early this season centered around the influx of young talented players and their ability to make an immediate impact.

But the story of the season so far has been Webb, a three-time money list winner and two-time Player of the Year who has seemingly returned to form.

Last year, Webb was winless on tour for the first time in her career. She is the first player to record multiple wins this season, having also captured the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco.

After a 66 on Saturday, Webb entered the final round with a five-shot lead and she never showed any signs of coming back to the pack. She birdied Nos. 3 and 5 before a brief letdown resulted in bogeys at the sixth and eighth.

"I played great all week," Webb said. "After I signed for my 66 yesterday, I think I was nervous until the 16th hole today. I just haven't played with a five-shot lead for a long time."

Webb closed her front nine with a birdie and followed a bogey at 15 with a birdie at 16. She two-putted for par after her solid approach on 18 to wrap up the win.

"I can't believe how satisfying this win is," Webb said. "It feel great to have all the hard work pay off and to play four solid rounds this week."

It hasn't just been at Kingsmill where Webb has been playing solidly. It has been just about every tour stop of late.

After finishing no better than 24th in her first three tournaments, Webb won the Kraft Nabisco in early April with an eagle on the last hole. She entered this event with two second-place finishes in three events to move into second on the money list with over $605,000.

"I think the last four weeks proved to probably a lot of people and proved to myself as well tat Kraft wasn't a fluke," Webb said. "I didn't come out of nowhere, pop up, win that and disappear again."

Ochoa, who had a win and three second-place finishes in her last four starts, carded a 72 that included a bogey at 18 which cost her outright second place. Han fired a 70.

"I did have a really good week but the trouble was that first round," Ochoa said. "It just put me too many shots behind the lead and Karrie played really good golf. Very consistent all four rounds."

Defending champion Cristie Kerr was coming off a come-from-behind victory last week at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship, but there would be no rallying Sunday. She closed with a 73 to finish tied for fourth at 6-under with Paula Creamer (69) and Pat Hurst (73).



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