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Karrie Webb

A Victory And A Loss On The Same Day

A month later, Webb became only the fifth woman in history to win the career Grand Slam when she won the McDonald's LPGA Championship at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware. At 26, she was also the youngest woman to achieve this feat. The achievement, however, was bittersweet for her: her maternal grandfather, Mick Collinson, had suffered a stroke back in Australia, and Webb revealed after her last round that she had considered withdrawing from the tournament and flying home to be with him. Her parents, who had flown in from Australia for the event, booked seats on a flight home early Sunday afternoon after they heard about Collinson's condition, and Webb went so far as to reserve a seat for herself as well. But her parents convinced her that, golf lover that he was, Collinson would have wanted her to stay and play her last round. She did, fighting back tears, but she could not really appreciate her achievement at the time. As Bill Fields of Golf World reported: "It will sink in eventually, and I know it will be really special," she said after the final round. "The only thing I wanted to do was win for my granddad, and that's all I kept thinking about."

Webb did not have as strong of a year in 2002 as she did in 2000 and 2001. She won only two tournaments, although one of them, the Women's British Open, was a major. It was her sixth win in the last 19 Grand Slam events. Some golf aficionados thought that Webb should be credited with a Super Career Grand Slam for this win, since with it she had won five out of four major championships: When Webb won the du Maurier in 1999 it was a major, but in 2001 the Women's British Open replaced it.

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