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Brent Kelley

Webb Wins Aussie Masters for 8th Time

By February 3, 2013

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Karrie Webb had her worst season a pro golfer in 2012, at least in terms of wins: She had zero. It was her first year since turning pro in 1994 that the Hall-of-Famer Webb failed to win anywhere around the world.

The Australian Ladies Masters tournament - now known as the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters - didn't have a great year in 2012, either. The tournament nearly went out of business in a tough financial environment, and with fan interest waning (for among other reasons, because Webb didn't play last year).

But Webb and the Aussie Ladies Masters have always been good for each other, and they were again in 2013. On Sunday, Webb won the tournament for a record eighth time.

Eight wins in the same tournament is a famous record on the PGA Tour, where Sam Snead accomplished that feat at the Greater Greensboro Open. So does Webb now share this golf record - most wins in one tournament - with Snead?

Well, that depends on your perspective. The Australian Ladies Masters is one of the biggest tournaments in Australia, but it's been an LPGA Tour-sanctioned (which is to say, highest level) event only four years of its existence. It's been LET co-sanctioned since 2001.

Roberto de Vicenzo won the Argentina Open nine times. Bernhard Langer won the German National Open 13 times. Fay Crocker won the women's Argentine championship 14 times and the Uruguay women's championship 20 times.

Those feats aren't recognized as equal to Snead's eight GGO victories because the GGO is a PGA Tour event - it's a tournament at the highest level.

So how you feel about whether Webb now deserves mention alongside Snead depends on how you feel about the level of the Australian Ladies Masters and its predominantly ALPG field. (Take a look at the list of champions.)

One thing is certain: Winning a pro tour event - any pro tour event - eight times is pretty damn impressive. And now Webb has done it at the Aussie Ladies Masters.

Which means that she will be back at the tournament to defend next year, and that alone is enough to ensure the tournament is safe for another year.

Webb, by the way, is 38 years old. The three golfers who tied for second - Chella Choi, Ariya Jutanugarn and amateur Su-Hyun Oh - are 22, 17 and 16, respectively. Jutanugarn applied to play LPGA Q-School late last year, but LPGA commissioner Michael Whan rejected that request. So instead, she entered - and won - LET Q-School.

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