Webb captures ShopRite Classic title

Updated: June 2, 2013


Karrie Webb matched the low round of
the day with a 3-under 68 in gusty conditions on Sunday to grab a 2-stroke
victory at the ShopRite Classic.

Webb finished 54 holes at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club at 4-under-par
209 to capture the 39th LPGA title of her Hall of Fame career, but her first
since the 2011 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

“It never gets any easier either,” Webb said about the win. “Today was
extremely tough, and I’m just glad that I pulled it out.”

Second-round leader Shanshan Feng struggled to a 4-over 75 during her final
round to fall into second place at 2-under, while Hee Young Park shot 71 to
grab third at minus-1.

Jenny Shin (70) finished fourth at even-par 213.

Feng entered the day holding a 3-stroke lead over the field, but tripped to a
double bogey at the par-4 second to fall into a tie for first with Webb, who
opened with a birdie at the second and an eagle at the third to meet Feng at

Feng quickly bounced back with a birdie at the third to retake the outright

That advantage jumped to two stroke when Webb bogeyed the sixth, but the wind
victimized Feng again at the fifth as she recorded her second double bogey of
the round.

Chie Arimura, meanwhile, birdied the third to make it a three-way tie for
first at minus-3.

Feng then pulled ahead of the pack with a birdie at the eighth, and Webb was
given sole possession of second after Arimura double bogeyed the ninth.

Feng tripped to a bogey at the 11th to again fall into a tie with Webb, and
after parring the 12th, dropped another shot at the 13th to hand Webb the
lead for good.

The Australian then added some cushion at the par-5 18th when she hit her
third shot to within five feet and converted her short birdie effort to hit
the clubhouse at 4-under.

“I knew I needed to make one birdie, I thought because I didn’t think I could
just par in and feel comfortable, so great birdie on the last,” Webb said.

Feng closed the gap to a stroke with a birdie at the 16th, but she then hit
her tee shot into a greenside bunker at the par-3 17th and failed to get up
and down for par to again fall two strokes off the pace.

Needing an eagle at the last to force a playoff, Feng failed to reach the
green with her third shot, sealing the win for Webb.

“My first time to look at a (score)board was actually after I hit my third
shot on 18,” said Feng. “My ball was already by the green, and that was first
time I looked at the board and I was like, geez, there were only three people
under par. Couldn’t believe it.”

NOTES: Webb received $225,000 with the win … The victory will move Webb up
three spots to ninth in the world rankings … Webb is the sixth LPGA and
World Golf Hall of Fame member to win this event, joining Juli Inkster, Betsy
King, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak … Webb has made 54
straight cuts, which leads the LPGA Tour.