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Karrie Webb

Potential Ambassador For The Sport

Throughout much of her early career, Webb was reticent to speak openly to reporters or to create much of a public personality at all, particularly after the press wrote some speculative articles about her personal life after her breakup with Todd Haller. She is notorious for rarely removing her sunglasses, for example. Yet Webb and her friends have always insisted that she is a warm person in private, that she is simply shy. Indeed, after her first few seasons she did become more open and humorous on and off the course. Her masterful remarks at the gala party that the LPGA held at the beginning of the 2000 season to mark the association's fiftieth anniversary, for example, did a great deal to erase her former reputation for shyness. They also did much to endear her to the powers that be in the LPGA, which is searching for a charismatic and successful player to sell professional women's golf to potential fans.

Awards and Accomplishments

Total of 28 official LPGA and 2 unofficial victories.
1994 Australian Stroke Play champion
1995 Named Rookie of the Year on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour
1995, 1997, 2002 Wins Weetabix Women's British Open
1996 Becomes the first player in LPGA history to earn more than $1 million in a single season
1996 Named Rookie of the Year on the LPGA Tour
1996 Receives ESPY Award from ESPN for Female Golfer of the Year
1997, 1999-2000 Wins Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average
1999 Wins du Maurier Classic
1999-2000 Named Rolex Player of the Year
2000 Wins Nabisco Championship
2000 Earns enough points to qualify for LPGA Hall of Fame (but must still meet ten-year membership requirement)
2000 Recipient of Crowne Plaza Achievement Award
2000-01 Wins U.S. Women's Open
2001 Wins McDonald's LPGA Championship
2001 Becomes youngest woman ever to achieve career Grand Slam

Webb Feat

In victory Webb showed her subtle wit and indomitable competitiveness, too. Late on Sunday afternoon somebody reminded her that Woods needed six attempts to win the U.S. Open and that Webb had needed only five. She smiled, licked her right index finger, and made a notch mark in the air. That's how she does her best public speaking: with actions.

Source: Bamberger, Michael. Sports Illustrated (July 31, 2000): G5+.

Between Webb and Sorenstam, fans of women's professional golf have been enjoying an unusual treat: A record-breaking level of golf excellence and a degree of competition that has been absent from the Tiger Woods-dominated men's scene. As Webb entered her eighth full year of touring with the LPGA in 2003 at a still-young 28, her fans would have many more years of phenomenal golf to look forward to.

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