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Karrie Webb’s Very Fine Sunday in Phoenix

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Aussie Karrie Webb wins 2014 JTBC Founders Cup at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Wildfire.

Aussie Karrie Webb teed off at the JTBC Founders Cup Sunday afternoon trailing Kiwi Lydia Ko’s lead by six strokes. Webb had a good feel for the course, the conditions, and the competition. Wildfire Golf Club was in near-perfect condition. The balls were flying high and running long. The greens were fast. Lydia Ko was playing killer golf. Standing on the first tee, Webb believed she could get into a playoff if she could card 62.

So the top-ranked Aussie dialed in her game and hit the ball.  Nine birdies and a bogey later, playing more than an hour in front of Ko, Webbie was standing on the 18th green at -18. She was even with Ko. It probably wouldn’t be enough. Ko still had eight holes to play. So she fired one final birdie, went to the clubhouse with a one shot lead, had a spot of lunch, and waited.

Ko bobbled, gave back a shot, missed a couple of birdie opportunities, got back to -18, and then stalled. Webb finished lunch and went to the driving range, a sole figure casually hitting balls into the setting desert sun, waiting. Ko missed her birdie putt on 18 and the Founders Cup was Webb’s.

A perfect day, a wonderful golf course, and a terrific win for Karrie Webb. I wonder if I could break 80 on the Wildfire?

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Elizabeth Bethel is a sociologist and a passionate golfer who finds in the Game of Golf all the guidelines she needs to live a rich and joyous life. Follow her personal golf adventures through her blog, Staying in the Short Grass, and her observations and comments on women's professional golf at Pro Golf Now.

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Author: Elizabeth Bethel

Elizabeth Bethel is a sociologist and a passionate golfer who finds in the Game of Golf all the guidelines she needs to live a rich and joyous life. Follow her personal golf adventures through her blog, Staying in the Short Grass, and her observations and comments on women's professional golf at Pro Golf Now.

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