Webb, Sorenstam take top honors at LPGA Tour Championships

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were the big winners Sunday in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship.

Webb closed with a 4-under-par 68 on blustery Trump International for a two-stroke victory over Sorenstam.

Needing the best round of the tournament to break the LPGA Tour's season scoring record, Sorenstam did just that. She played the final 10 holes in 6-under for a 65 to set a new standard of 69.42 -- .01 strokes better than Webb's mark in 1999.

Webb finished at 9-under 279 and won $215,000 for her third victory of the year. Sorenstam finished at 281. No one else broke par.

Janice Moodie closed with a 74 and finished at 288. Rose Jones had a 73 and finished another stroke back.

Sorenstam earned $115,000 to become the first $2 million woman in golf ($2,105,868).

World Cup

GOTEMBA, Japan -- Ernie Els tapped in for par on the second playoff hole, giving him and South African teammate Retief Goosen the championship of the World Cup.

Defending champions Tiger Woods and David Duval started slowly but made the four-team playoff with a finish that included three straight birdies from the 15th and an eagle on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67.

Woods made the shot of the day with a chip from 10 feet off the green that bounced on the top of a hill and rolled in for eagle to give the Americans a 24-under 264 and a place in the playoff.

The South Africans won $1 million from the $3 million purse.

Callaway Invitational

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Olin Browne sank a three-foot birdie putt to defeat Todd Barranger on the third playoff hole and win the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

Browne began the day with a three-stroke lead over Luke Donald. Browne shot a final-round 71, but Barranger rallied from eight strokes back en route to a 9-under-par 63 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Barranger, who underwent testicular cancer surgery six years ago, sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to move to 17-under-par 217.

The 30th annual event included players from the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Buy.com Tour as well as club pros and amateurs.

Brian Mogg (67), Kirk Triplett (67) and Bruce Summerhays (66), the leading Senior PGA Tour finisher, were one stroke behind.

Beth Bauer finished with a 72 and led the nine LPGA Tour entrants at 276.

Warburg Cup

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Arnold Palmer defeated longtime rival Gary Player in singles and captained the United States to a comeback 12 1/2-11 1/2 victory over the World team at the inaugural UBS Warburg Cup.

Palmer had a 4-up lead on the 66-year-old Player through 12 holes and held on for a 2 and 1 victory in the event for players 40 and older.

Mark Calcavecchia made a crucial birdie on the par-3 17th for a 1-up win over Ian Woosnam. Calcavecchia made a 6 on that hole during his singles match at the Ryder Cup on The Ocean Course.

Larry Nelson clinched the cup with a 3-and-2 win over New Zealand's Frank Nobilo, who lost his ball in the long reeds and marsh grass along the 16th hole.

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