Professional

2001 Highlights

In her first 12 starts, achieved victories at two major championships, three second-place finishes and eight top-10 finishes.

Defeated Se Ri Pak by eight strokes to successfully defend her U.S. Women's Open title and was the only player to finish under par for the tournament.

With her two-stroke victory at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, became only the fifth woman (Juli Inkster, Pat Bradley, Mickey Wright, Louise Suggs) to win the Career Grand Slam, as well as the youngest ever. Also, is the fastest, male or female, to achieve from first major title.

Closed the season with a victory at the Tyco/ADT Championship for her third title of the year, becoming the first player to win the season-ending event twice.

One of two players in LPGA history (along with Annika Sorenstam) to earn $1 million in four separate seasons.

With her win at the U.S. Women's Open, joined Sorenstam as the only LPGA players to cross the $7 million mark in career earnings (Betsy King joined the group four weeks later).

Did not miss a cut for the second consecutive year, extending her consecutive cuts-made streak to 46 events; the last event in which Webb missed the cut was the 1999 Safeway LPGA Golf Championship (Sept. 24-26).

Teamed with David Duval against Sorenstam and Tiger Woods in the Lincoln Financial Group Battle at Bighorn, losing to the team of Sorenstam/Woods, 1-up, on the 19th hole (this marked the LPGA's first-ever appearance on "prime-time" television).

Won the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge with Annika Sorenstam and Dottie Pepper.

2001 Stats (rank)

Rds under par: 55/79 (1) Rds in the 60s: 35/79 (3) Birdies: 310 (9)

Eagles: 5 (32) Greens in reg: 74.8% (2) Driving accuracy: 74.3% (40)

Sand saves: 36.7% (118) Putting avg: 29.97 (48) Driving avg: 257.90 (13)

Career Highlights

In 2000, won her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year title and Vare Trophy; with her one-hole playoff win over Dottie Pepper at the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living, became the first player since Beth Daniel in 1990 to win seven titles in a season; at the Oldsmobile Classic, her sixth win of the season, fired a career-low 61 (-11) during the second round and set the LPGA 54-hole record with a 193 (-23) total (the record was tied by Sorenstam in 2001); won her third major championship at the U.S. Women's Open; that victory gave her the requisite 27 points needed to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame; the final criterion to meet is the 10-year LPGA membership requirement, and Webb will be inducted at the conclusion of the 2005 season; earned $250,000 in the Nabisco Grand Slam Challenge for winning the Nabisco Championship in addition to another major in 2000; won the second major of her career with a wire-to-wire win at the Nabisco Championship, where she recorded a hole-in-one during the final round and finished 10 strokes ahead of second-place Dottie Pepper; defeated Sorenstam on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the inaugural LPGA Takefuji Classic, her third win in her first three starts of the season; captured the Australian Ladies Masters title for the third consecutive year, joining an elite group of six players who have won the same event three times in a row; went wire-to-wire at the season-opening The Office Depot to successfully defend her title; crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings following a tie for second at the Firstar LPGA Classic in conjunction with the Children's Medical Center, setting the record for the fastest to reach that milestone; crossed the $6 million mark in career earnings following her fourth-place finish at the Samsung World Championship, setting the record for the fastest to reach that milestone; lost to Sorenstam in a one-hole sudden-death playoff at the Evian Masters, one of three runner-up finishes in 2000; won the Australian Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour, as well as the Nichirei Championship on the Japanese LPGA Tour; won the inaugural Women's World Cup Golf with Rachel Hetherington (Teske); winner of the Crowne Plaza Achievement Award.

In 1999, won six times and recorded 22 top-10 finishes; earned her first Rolex Player of the Year award and her second Vare Trophy, setting an LPGA scoring average record with a 69.43 average; won her first major championship at the du Maurier Classic; set an LPGA record for consecutive top-10 finishes with 16; became the fastest player in LPGA history to cross the $3 million and $4 million marks in career earnings; twice lost to Se Ri Pak in sudden-death playoffs, at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic and PageNet Championship; won the 1999 Mercury LPGA Series Bonus Pool.

In 1998, recorded 20 top-20 finishes, including two victories - the Australian Ladies Masters and the City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic, where she won with all rounds in the 60s; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings after placing third at the Los Angeles Women's Championship in mid-February, making her the fastest LPGA player to cross that mark (two years, one month and 15 days); recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the third round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

In 1997, won the Weetabix Women's British Open for the second time in three years, successfully defended her title at the SAFECO Classic and won the Susan G. Komen International; won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average; lost to Michelle McGann in a sudden-death playoff at the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural.

In 1996, in just her second tournament, became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural by defeating Martha Nause and Jane Geddes on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff; recorded top-10 finishes in her first six tournament starts; won three other events, including the season-ending ITT LPGA Tour Championship; earned $1,002,000 to become the first player in LPGA history to reach the $1 million mark in single season-earnings; became the first rookie on either the LPGA or PGA Tour to reach the $1 million mark in single-season earnings; earned Rolex Rookie of the Year honors; with four victories, ties with Se Ri Pak as the second-winningest rookie behind Nancy Lopez, who won nine times in her first full season on Tour.

In 1995, won the Weetabix Women's British Open before she became a member of the LPGA Tour; earned rookie of the year honors on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour (WPGET); qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt after she finished second at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament while playing with a broken bone in her wrist.

In 1994, turned professional in October and competed on the WPGET and Futures Tour, where she won one tournament.

Amateur

Webb was the 1994 Australian Stroke Play champion and represented Australia in international competition six times from 1992-94.

Personal

5'6", blond hair, hazel eyes...Started playing golf at the age of 8...Credits her parents, Rob and Evelyn, and coach Kelvin Haller as the individuals most influencing her career...Hobbies include reading, basketball and fishing...In 1996, was honored with an ESPY Award from ESPN as the Female Golfer of the Year...Helped found and organize the annual Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-Am to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation...Carried the Olympic Torch for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney...Recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA's top 50 players and teachers...Represents Titleist Foot-Joy, Holden (General Motors Australia), Oakley and Kemper Funds.

LPGA Victories, Awards, Etc.

LPGA Victories (26*): 1995 Weetabix Women's British Open.* 1996 HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural, Sprint Titleholders Championship, SAFECO Classic, ITT LPGA Tour Championship. 1997 Susan G. Komen International, Weetabix Women's British Open, SAFECO Classic. 1998 Australian Ladies Masters, City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic. 1999 The Office Depot, Australian Ladies Masters, Standard Register PING, The Mercury Titleholders Championship, Wegmans Rochester International, du Maurier Classic. 2000 The Office Depot, Australian Ladies Masters, LPGA Takefuj Classic, the Nabisco Championship, U.S. Women's Open, Oldsmobile Classic, AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living. 2001 U.S. Women's Open, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, Tyco/ADT Championship.

Unofficial Victories (2): 2000 Women's World Cup Golf [with Rachel Hetherington (Teske)]. 2001 Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge (with Dottie Pepper and Annika Sorenstam).

LPGA Awards (7): Rolex Rookie of the Year (1), Rolex Player of the Year (2), Vare Trophy (3). 1996 Rolex Rookie of the Year. 1997 Vare Trophy. 1999 Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy. 2000 Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy, Crowne Plaza Achievement Award.

* Won the 1995 Weetabix Women's British Open prior to joining the LPGA Tour.

Major Championship History

The U.S. Women's Open became an LPGA major in 1950; the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG became a major in 1955; the Kraft Nabisco Championship became a major in 1983; and the Weetabix Women's British Open became a major championship in 2001. From 1979-2000 the LPGA's fourth major was the du Maurier Classic. The Weetabix Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic in 2001. (KNC, Kraft Nabisco Championship; LPGA, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by AIG; OPEN, U.S. Women's Open; WB, Weetabix Women's British Open; DM, du Maurier Classic)


Courtesy LPGA, http://www.LPGA.com.

   

Born: 12/21/74 Ayr, Queensland, Australia

Residence: Boynton Beach, Fla.

Rookie year: 1996

Status: Exempt

Career victories (last): 26* (2001)

Majors won: 5

Career-low round: 61

Career earnings (rank): $7,698,299 (2)

LPGA career holes-in-one: 2

Playoff record: 3-4

International victories: 4




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