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Karrie Webb gains four shot victory

Karrie Webb ended Annika Sorenstam's Mizuno Classic winning streak at five Sunday, closing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory over Kaori Higo in Japan's lone LPGA Tour event.

Sorenstam shot a 70 to finish five strokes back at 9-under 207 on the Kashikojima Country Club course. The Swedish star also failed in her second attempt in a month to win an LPGA Tour event a record six times.

"I'm feeling a little disappointed about the results, especially today," Sorenstam said. "I couldn't get anything going and I needed to do it to have a chance to six-peat. Especially with everyone playing so well, especially Karrie. So, I felt like I needed to do something to get it going, but I tried and that's all I could do today."

Sorenstam began the streak in 2001 at Musashigaoka and won four times at Seta. Last year, she became the first LPGA Tour player to win a tournament five straight times and matched the record she shares with Mickey Wright for victories in an event. The 36-year-old Sorenstam also had a chance to win the Samsung Championship for the sixth time last month, but lost a final-round lead to Lorena Ochoa.

"You can't take anything away from Annika winning five years in a row at one tournament. It's an unbelievable feat," Webb said. "The change from Seta to here was different, although she had a good chance to win today.

"I don't think you go out there trying to beat someone, but you're just going out there to win and I'm very happy about it. I just wanted to go out and try to stick to my game and make as many birdies as I could and hope that was good enough."

Webb won for the fifth time this season to match Ochoa for the LPGA Tour lead and push her career total to 35. The resurgent Australian star earned $180,000 to move into second place behind Ochoa on the money list with $2,069,613.

A stroke behind leader Momoko Ueda after the second round, Webb made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 first and parred the next eight holes to make the turn with a share of the lead at 9 under. She pulled away with birdies on Nos. 10-12, holing a 30-foot putt on the 10th and 18-footers on 11 and 12.

"I made the turn tied for the lead and had a poor iron shot on 10," Webb said. "I gave myself a talking to walking down the fairway and made the putt for birdie. After that, I fired off two more birdies, got fired up and played the back nine well."

She put the tournament away with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, hitting a pitching wedge to 2 feet on 14 and making a 20-footer on 16.

"It's great to walk up the 18th fairway with a lead and be able to soak up the atmosphere and thank the crowds for coming out," Webb said.

The Hall of Famer opened with rounds of 69 and 67 and had only one bogey in the tournament -- on the 16th hole in the first round.

Higo shot a 65, the best round of the day.

"It felt great, but I didn't think I was going to win because I knew U.S. tour players were going to get better scores with the number of holes they had left," said Higo, one of 35 Japan LPGA players in the 76-player field.

Brittany Lang, Aree Song and Jeong Eun Lee shot 70s to match Sorenstam at 9 under, and Japanese stars Ai Miyazato (71) and Shinobu Moromizato (70) finished at 8 under. Ueda followed her second-round 64 with a 74 to tie for ninth at 7 under.

"Overall, it was a good weekend," said Miyazato, winless in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. "I just have to be mentally strong and attack the pin a little bit more."


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