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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 289
A USTRALIA will be lucky to produce another golfer – male or female – whose career ever reaches the dizzying heights achieved by Karrie Webb. The World Golf Hall of Famer has built an outstanding career spanning three decades, which includes 57 professional victories and seven major championships. The fourth of those seven majors came during this corresponding week in 2001, when she successfully defended her US Women’s Open title. Webb became the seventh player in tournament history to go back-to-back after she won by a resounding eight shots over Se Ri Pak at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. The Queenslander, who was 26 years old, opened the championship with an even-par 70 to share 10th place, before firing an immaculate 65 the following day to give herself a three-shot lead heading into the weekend. She then raced clear with a pair of 69s and closed the tournament with two birdies to further emphasise her dominance. “I feel fortunate enough to have won one (US Open),” Webb said. “But to win two, back-to-back, you just really can’t put it into words. It’s just a dream come true. “As a little girl I never expected to be sitting here once, let alone twice. So it’s just a great feeling.” Webb’s long list of achievements have earned her a special exemption from the USGA to compete in the 2018 US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, where she will make her 23rd consecutive appearance in the championship. “As a past champion, I’m very grateful and excited to accept the USGA’s special exemption,” Webb said. “I have always loved competing in the U.S Women’s Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country.” E 2001 THIS WEEK IN ... • One.Tel is placed in administration. Directors Jamie Packer and Lachlan Murdoch announced the move saying they had been misled. • The Wollongong Wolves defeat South Melbourne 2-1 in the NSL Grand Final. • The US Supreme Court rules disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in during tournaments. • The Socceroos shock reigning world champions France 1-0 in the first game of the Confederations Cup. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 2001 WATCH: KARRIE WEBB’S MEMORIES OF 2001. WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES WEBB WINS BACK-TO-BACK U.S OPENS
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