Date: May 21, 2007

Webb narrowly misses top 10

Karrie Webb narrowly missed a top-10 finish in the US while compatriot Anna Rawson lost a dramatic three-way finish in the Ladies Swiss Open at Losone. Rawson was eliminated on the second play-off hole after her even-par final round of 72 saw her locked on five-under with eventual champion German Bettina Hauert and Spaniard Paul Marti. One of four overnight co-leaders, Rawson, along with Hauert, birdied the 72nd hole after missing an attempt for eagle for the outright lead. All three players birdied the first play-off hole but Rawson two-putted on the second for a par which saw her eliminated. Hauert and Marti both birdied the third but the pressure got to the Spaniard on the fourth hole, Marti missing a five-foot putt for birdie while Hauert holed hers from four feet. Sarah Kemp was the next best Australian in eighth place on one-over after carding a two-under-par 70 in the final round, while Nikki Garrett, the winner of the first two European-based events, came 16th on two-over. Karen Lunn, Rebecca Stevenson and Carlie Butler were three shots further back in 32nd place on five-over, ahead of Shani Waugh (44th) on seven-over, Cherie Byrnes (53rd) on eight-over and Lisa Jean (62nd) on 10-over. In the US, Webb was locked in a five-way tie for 11th on four-under after a three-under-par 69 on the final round to be the best-placed Australian in the Sybase Classic, which was won by Mexican Lorena Ochoa – who finished on 18-under, three shots clear of Sarah Lee. Wendy Doolan was the next best Australian in 38th place on four-over after a three-under-par 69, while Rachel Hetherington was three shots further back in 48th.