After turning professional in October 1994, Karrie Webb quickly gave the golfing world a glimpse of what was ahead when she finished third on the 1995 Women’s European Tour, was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ and became the youngest winner of the Women’s British Open.
From there Karrie moved to the LPGA Tour in the United States and again made an immediate impact with four wins, five top five finishes to be the leading moneywinner and the first player in LPGA history to win over US$1million in a single season. In 1997 Karrie recorded three victories, seven top fives and wonthe Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average. By the end of the following year Karrie had recorded a total of ten career wins and was fighting out an intense rivarly with Annika Sorenstamfor the title of the world’s best female golfer. 1999 continued to be a year of superlatives with six LPGAvictories including a repeat on the Gold Coast at the AustralianLadies Masters.
In a remarkable year of excellence Karrie recorded 22 top 10 finishes, set a new scoring average to win the Vare Trophy and secured her first Rolex Player of the Year Award. Having firmly established herself as the world’s number one female golfer at only 26, Karrie has been called Australia’sbest ever golfer, male or female. Karrie continued her dominance in 2000, recording eight victories en route to securing her second consecutive Rolex Player of the Year Award and another Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average. Significantly Karrie also took out the US Women’s Open, the biggest event in women’s golf, which saw her gain enough points to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame. This has been long recognised for its stringent performance eligibility and requires the player to have been an LPGA Tour member for ten years. As a testament to Karrie’s remarkable achievements she will not be inducted into the Hall until the conclusion of the 2005 season.One of Karrie’s greatest highlights of 2000 was being honoured with the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch and to light th cauldron at the Sydney Town Hall on the eve of the 2000 Olympic Games
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