Karrie Webb ends Sorenstam's winning streak

AFP , SHIMA, JAPAN

Mon, Nov 06, 2006 - Page 18

Australia's Karrie Webb derailed Annika Sorenstam's attempt to win her sixth straight title in Shima, Japan, with a comfortable victory at the Mizuno Classic golf tournament yesterday.

The Australian, starting the day one shot behind overnight leader Momoko Ueda from Japan, sank six birdies against no bogeys for a three-round total of 14-under-par 202 and an easy four-stroke victory.

"You can't take anything away from Annika winning five years in a row at one tournament, it's an unbelievable feat. The change from Seta to here was different, although she had a good chance to win today," said Webb, referring to the course in Otsu where the tournament has in the past been played.

"I don't think you go out there trying to beat someone, but you're just going out there to win and I'm very happy about it. I just wanted to go out and try to stick to my game and make as many birdies as I could and hope that was good enough," she added.

Japan's Kaori Higo took second place with 206.

Sorenstam from Sweden, who made history here last year by winning the tournament fifth straight times, carded four birdies but also had two bogeys to finish tied third on 207.

She was bunched with South Korea's Lee Jeong-eun and compatriot Aree Song and the US' Brittany Lang.

It was Webb's fifth win of the season and 35th for her career, and she earned herself a US$180,000-dollar check for winning the USLPGA Tour tournament.

"It's obviously always really nice to do an 18 with a few shots lead and I haven't too much pressure on me. But it was very close at the turn. I wasn't playing as good as I would've liked," Webb said.

"I had a fantastic back nine and it's great to walk up the 18th fairway with a lead and be able to soak up the atmosphere. I'm very happy to have won in Japan. I haven't won here for a number of years. It's always good to win no matter where it is," she added.

Sorenstam said she was disappointed with her efforts.

"It's been all right. I'm feeling a little disappointed about the results, especially today. I couldn't get anything going and I needed to do it to have a chance to six-peat," she said.

"Especially with everyone playing so well, especially Karrie. So, I felt like I needed to do something to get it going, but I tried and that's all I could do today," she added.