Pak beats Webb in LPGA Championship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Golfer Se Ri Pak has beaten Karrie Webb in the LPGA Championship on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Golfer Se Ri Pak has beaten Karrie Webb in the LPGA Championship on Sunday. She returned to the spotlight in stunning fashion when her utility club from 201 yards stopped three inches from the hole for a sudden-death playoff victory over Webb on Sunday. Pak atoned for a three-putt bogey on the 18th hole which kept her from winning in regulation, delivering a spectacular finish to a women's major which was up for grabs over the final two hours at Bulle Rock. Glad to win "I'm very happy to be back again," Pak said. "I'm a very lucky person. I'm as happy a person has ever been." It all must have looked familiar to Webb, who was trying to capture the second leg of the Grand Slam. Just two months ago, Webb holed a pitching wedge from 116 yards on the 18th hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship for an eagle which got her into a playoff, and her first major in four years. "I thought I was getting my own medicine," Webb said. Webb also had gone through some struggles while retooling her swing, and after winning the Kraft Nabisco, Pak saw her a few weeks later and gave her a big hug. Webb, who missed birdie putts of four and ten feet on the last two holes in regulation, hit her approach in the playoff to about 20 feet, but the putt to force another hole veered well to the left. Pak won her fifth major, and joined Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, Patty Sheehan and Annika Sorenstam as the only three-time winners of the LPGA Championship. Pak became the seventh South Korean in 14 events to win on the US tour, and it was fitting that hers came in a major. (AP)

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