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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 274
• Tiger Woods and Mia Hamm are recognised as the athletes of the year at the 8th ESPY Awards. • Andre Agassi wins the Colonial Classic final after receiving a walkover from Mark Philippoussis, who withdrew with injury. • The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.. • Jamie Wurramara, 21, who stole $23 worth of biscuits, is sentenced to a year in jail in the Northern Territory. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 2000 THIS WEEK IN ... 2000 WEBB WINS MAIDEN OPEN TITLE A FTER recording consecutive top-five finishes in her national championship, Karrie Webb finally captured her maiden Women’s Australian Open title at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in 2000. The then 25-year-old had already amassed 16 victories on the LPGA Tour – including a major title and two Women’s British Opens – by the time she arrived in Melbourne for the 11th installment of the women's national championship. The Queenslander has always offered a voice of confidence and modesty – and she was no different after lifting the Patricia Bridges Bowl for the first time. "I'm on a high right now,” Webb said. “But you can't say there isn't room for improvement.” Webb battled with a hook throughout the opening round but she still managed to sign for a two-under 71. She followed that effort with rounds of 66 and 69, before closing with a tremendous nine-under 64. Scoring conditions were optimal on Sunday – and even had analysts suggesting: “You could have broken par with a spade and a bowling bowl.” Even so, nobody was able to match the birdie barrage that was brought on by Webb to defeat fellow Aussie Rachael Hetherington by three shots. Webb affirmed what people – and event guides – had suggested: “She was the greatest worldwide player.” The victory also heaped fuel onto the fiery debate over the discrepancy between prize purses for men and women. Her performance had earned her a meagre $58,000 for winning – compared to the $250,000 that would later be awarded to Aaron Baddeley at the men’s Australian Open that same year. Webb has gone on to win a further four Open titles and will be competing again this week at Kooyonga Golf Club, which hosts the championship for the first time. E VIDEO: KARRIE WEBB TALKS ABOUT PLAYING AT HOME WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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