Webb beats Arimura for HSBC title

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Singapore - Karrie Webb shot a three-under 69 in Sunday's final round to overcome leader Chie Arimura and win the HSBC Women's Champions.

Webb had six birdies and three bogeys at Tanah Merah Country Club to finish at 13-under par 275, one stroke better than Arimura, who held the lead in each of the first three rounds.

It's the 37th career LPGA Tour victory for Webb and first at this event in four tries. Her total number of victories is 12th all-time, three behind Carol Mann.

"To win this early in the year, I really hope it sets things up for a great run," Webb said. "I think I handled my emotions very well this week."

Arimura was up-and-down throughout her round and had four birdies and three bogeys in a one-under 71 that allowed her to finish alone in second at 12- under 276. She was seeking her first-ever LPGA Tour title after seven on the Japanese LPGA.

"Really pretty good round today, so I'm very happy," Arimura said. "So I lost by a stroke."

World No. 1 Yani Tseng made a run midway through the round, coming within one stroke of the lead after trailing by six to start the day. She finished with the field's best round on Sunday of five-under 67 and took third place at minus-10.

Sun Young Yoo (69) was fourth at eight-under par, while Morgan Pressel was the top American finisher at minus-seven, good enough for fifth place.

Heading into the round, it appeared as though it was Webb vs. Arimura, but the third member of their final grouping, Tseng, made it a three-way race.

Webb bogeyed the first to immediately fall two behind Arimura, who parred the first four holes. While Webb parred seven straight holes after her opening misstep, Arimura managed just a bogey in the first eight holes to allow Tseng to make her move.

The top player in the world has surely been playing like it lately, winning in last week's Honda LPGA Thailand after two consecutive wins on the Ladies European Tour. She nearly made it four starts in a row.

Tseng birdied the second to get to six-under, and a string of three straight birdies from the seventh brought her even with Webb and within one of Arimura.

All three players birdied the ninth; Arimura made the turn at 11-under par, while Webb and Tseng were both at minus-10.

Tseng, however, stumbled on the back nine, bogeying both the 10th and 12th, putting her out of contention.

"I played great on the front nine. I just couldn't get it on the back nine," Tseng said. "But I tried my best today and it was just great fun."

Meanwhile, Arimura birdied the 10th, while Webb recorded a bogey on the same hole to fall three back, 12-under to nine-under. But Webb, needing to make a run, birdied four straight holes from the 11th, while Ariumura shot one-over in the same four-hole stretch.

Arimura bogeyed the 11th to see her lead shrink to one shot, and Webb's birdie at the 12th tied the score. They both birdied the 13th to stay even, but Webb's birdie at No. 14, coupled with Arimura's bogey, gave the Australian Hall of Famer a two-stroke lead.

"It was a very up-and-down day," Webb said. "I started off a little slowly and managed my game pretty well and then obviously Yani made a great run on the front nine, but then bogeyed 10."

From there, Webb didn't relinquish her advantage. She slipped on the 15th with a bogey to allow Arimura within one stroke, and both players birdied the 16th.

Despite the mistake, Webb parred out, but Arimura couldn't manage a birdie on either of the final two holes. With a par at the last, Webb was assured the one-stroke victory.

NOTES: No player in the field had four rounds in the 60s...Defending champion Ai Miyazato finished at even-par 288 and in a share of 14th...After two weeks off, the LPGA Tour will return to action with a new event, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup...By winning $210,000, Webb became the second LPGA player to surpass $16 million in career earnings (Annika Sorenstam).


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