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Webb grabs first win in over 2 years

KARRIE Webb had a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the LPGA International in Phoenix, Arizona, her first win on the tour in two years.

The 34-year-old Australian earned her 36th career LPGA Tour title, finishing at 14-under 274. Third-round leader Shin Ji-yai of South Korea had a 70 to finish second. Another South Korean, Kim In-kyung - the leader after the first and second rounds - finished three strokes back. She had a 70.

Webb had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys in breezy conditions on the 6,711-yard Papago Golf Course. She started the day one shot behind Shin, but took the lead just after the turn.

The US$225,000 first prize raised Webb's career earnings to more than US$14.5 million, second only to Annika Sorenstam.

Webb ended any doubt by knocking her second shot about 10 feet short of the cup on the par-5, 475-yard 18th. She missed the putt, but tapped in for birdie, then pumped her fist in the air in celebration.

"I've won in Australia in the last two years, but winning on the LPGA against the best players in the world is obviously very important to me," Webb said. "You know you still have the ability to do it, but you're putting the scores on the board that indicate you can't still do it."

She had not won on the Tour since her five victories in 2006.

After starting a shot behind Shin, Webb briefly took the lead with an eagle on the par-5, 513-yard sixth hole. Kim, though, had birdies on the sixth, seventh and eight holes to move in front. Kim made the turn with a one-shot lead at 13-under but hit into water on the par-5, 544-yard 10th hole and wound up with a double-bogey 7.


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