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Webb storms from behind to win LPGA Komen International

April 21, 1997

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) _ Karrie Webb rattled off six consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday on the way to her second straight 6-under-par 66 and a three-shot victory in the $500,000 Susan G. Komen International.

Webb had birdies at Nos. 11 through 16 of the Wachesaw East Golf Club to overtake third-round co-leaders Cathy Johnston-Forbes and Nanci Bowen. Webb’s total of 12-under 276 gave the 22-year-old Australian her fifth career victory.

Johnston-Forbes and Bowen each shot 70s on Sunday to share second place with Lori Kane, who finished with a 69.

Eight players were within five shots of Webb, who won $75,000 from the $500,000 purse.

Johnston-Forbes, whose brother, Clyde Johnston, designed the 6,248-yard course, bogeyed the first two holes before making a 60-foot eagle putt on the par-5, 452-yard third hole.

Michelle McGann, with a 69, was three shots off Webb’s pace at 279 and Maggie Will-Halpin was at 280 after closing with a 68.

Erika Hayashida matched Webb’s low round of the day to finish at 281 with Brandie Burton and Rosie Jones. Burton shot 68 and Jones matched par.

Last season’s player of the year, Laura Davies, finished in a group at 283 after shooting 70. Also at 5-under were Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Patty Sheehan, who matched 71s on Sunday.

At 284 was two-time defending U.S. Open champion Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, who closed with a 72. Her sister Charlotta shot 70 and was at 282.

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