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Webb sets LPGA record win

With a putting touch that seemed guided by radar, Karrie Webb won a spot in golf's record book today.

She captured the Australian Ladies Masters in her homeland with a four-round total of 26-under par, a record in women's golf.

The previous LPGA record of 23-under was shared by South Korea's Se Ri Pak (1998), American Wendy Ward (1997) and Canadian Lisa Walters (1998).

Webb shot rounds of 63-67-64-88 at Royal Pines Resort, with her nearest rival -- Janice Moodie of Scotland -- 10 strokes behind.

"The hole started to look as big as a bucket,'' Webb said. "If I knocked it 15 feet, it was like a gimmie putt. I don't think I could putt any better."

Webb also broke the European Tour record of 25-under set by Laura Davies of England in the 1995 Irish Open. The PGA Tour record of 28-under was set by John Houston in last year's Hawaiian Open.

Webb's second win in four starts this year was worth $115,000 and moved her to the top of the LPGA money list. She has earned $316,000 in 1999.

A new cross-handed putting style has helped Webb play her 15 rounds in 1999 in 58-under. For her four rounds in this event, she had 43 pars, 28 birdies and a double bogey.

"It's a dream come true to be at this level," Webb said.

Becky Iverson of the United States was third at 274, followed by Lorie Kane of Canada at 275.


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