The year 2000 is going to be known as the year of the Streaking golfer! Karrie Webb won her fourth straight tournament today as she birdied the first hole of a playoff with Sweden's Annika Sörenstam to capture the inaugural LPGA Takefuji Classic.
The Australian sensation remained unbeaten this year. She has entered four events, winning the season-opening Office Depot, the Australian Women's Open and last week's Australian Ladies Masters.
With Tiger Woods and Michael Campbell making streaks of their own, now Webbie is out to set a new record on the LPGA Tour. The record for consecutive wins in events entered is five, set by Nancy Lopez in 1978. Webb actually needs two to tie Lopez but has a remarkable 19 victories in 101 tournaments. What we have here is 'Tigeress Webb'!
Webb, who fired a 3-under-par 69 for a three-round total of 9-under, began the round two shots behind Sorenstam and one in back of Scotland's Janice Moodie. Moodie came close, but yet again, she was relegated to Bridesmaid position. She fired a 71 and was denied entry to the playoff by missing a birdie putt at No. 18. Sorenstam also carded a 1-under 71. She had a chance to win outright and stamp her name on a season so far dominated by Webb, but she could not birdie the par-5 18th hole and was denied her 19th career victory.
Karrie Webb is now in the driving seat as the dominant force in Women's golf and in this form, her first major is not too far away.