KARRIE WEBB has won a record eighth Australian Ladies Masters, equalling the one tournament record of the great Sam Snead.
The 38-year-old Queenslander started the day two strokes off the lead and posted a bogey-free five-under 67 at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast to secure the title at 13 under.
Webb wore down the inexperienced overnight leaders, teenagers Su-Hyun Oh and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, to win by two shots.
”I’m very happy, it never gets old to get a win here. What a way to start the year,” Webb said.
The tournament took a dramatic turn at the par five 12th hole when the youngsters blew their advantage, with Aussie amateur Oh walking off the green after a three-putt double bogey seven and Jutanugarn a bogey six.
It was a three-shot swing that allowed Webb, who’d already birdied the hole, to join them at the top of the leaderboard.
Webb powered away from there, chipping in for birdie on the 14th
to begin a run of four birdies in her final six holes.
Oh, just 16, fought back admirably, birdying her final hole to finish in a three-way tie for second with Jutanugarn (71) and Korean Chella Choi (69).
Webb played her first Ladies Masters as an amateur in 1993, and won the first of her eight titles in 1998.
She now has 53 professional wins, 38 LPGA wins and seven Majors.
Webb will now turn her attention to the 2013 Women’s Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club from February 14 – 17.Australian Ladies Masters Final Results