Date: April 28, 2008

Webb on fire in Florida

Women&aposs Australian Open champion Karrie Webb fired a barnstorming final round 64 to leap into a share of third place at the Stanford International Pro-Am in Florida. The Queenslander posted a total of seven-under to sit alongside Young Kim on the leaderboard, just one shot off the pace a and a spot in the playoff between Paula Creamer and eventual winner Annika Sorenstam. Webb&aposs final round was the best of any player throughout the event and is perhaps a sign of things to come for Australia&aposs number one ranked player whose third place finish is a season best. She entered Sunday&aposs final round in a share of 10th place and was on fire early, posting five straight birdies between the second and sixth holes and added more on the 11th, 12th and 16th. Webb&aposs only blemish was a bogey on the par-four 14th, but it did little to spoil the mood of her blistering round. “I&aposm very happy with it obviously,” the Queenslander said in a post-round interview, who attributed a dramatic improvement in her putting to this superb result. “I hit the ball good again and actually made some putts today, so it was really nice. I played really solid and the putter felt great in my hands, which, you know, is the first time in a couple of months. “When they start going in, you get a good feel and you feel like you can make some putts. I know my swing&aposs been close, but when you feel like you can&apost make putts then you can&apost go at pins because you don&apost get up and down. It&aposs a good start and hopefully there&aposs more to come.” Fellow Australian Lindsey Wright also had an extremely solid tournament as she finished in a share of ninth position with a final round of 65. Wright&aposs bogey free round included a run of three consecutive birdies on the front nine that no doubt gave her the confidence to go on and post a remarkable score. Rachel Hetherington finished the week at two-over in a share of 24th spot while Katherine Hull, Wendy Doolan and Jan Stephenson all unfortunately missed the cut.