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Webb's penalty aids Sorenstam

Published Sep. 27, 2005

Annika Sorenstam birdied three of the final four holes to win the Firstar LPGA Classic on Sunday, but Karrie Webb provided the biggest highlight and the biggest lowlight.

At 19 under par, Sorenstam (197) matched the most under par in tour history for a 54-hole tournament. She never bogeyed all week and on Sunday shot 6-under 66 while hitting 13 fairways and 17 greens in regulation.

She defeated Christie Kerr and Webb by a shot.

Leading by a stroke on No. 8, Webb was penalized two strokes for swinging at and striking the sand after her first bunker shot trickled back into the trap. She later said she swung partially in anger and partially to practice the shot.

Webb tried to make up for that gaffe on the closing hole. Her 9-iron from 131 yards spun into the side of the cup for eagle. She leaped with her hands raised.

"I think you could hear it in Orlando," Sorenstam said of the ground-shaking roar after Webb's shot. The crowd sitting on the grassy amphitheater surrounding the final green thought Webb's dramatic shot had pulled her into a tie with Sorenstam and Kerr at 18 under.

But seconds later, after Webb heaved the ball to the crowd, there was a collective groan as Sorenstam's birdie on No. 17 was posted on the scoreboard near the green.

The 29-year-old Swede calmly nailed her drive on 18, then hit a 9-iron to the back of the green. She two-putted from 25 feet for the first-place check of $97,500.

"Annika being Annika, I didn't expect her to bogey it," Webb said.

Sorenstam matched the LPGA record in relation to par set by Pat Bradley in the 1991 Rail Charity Golf Classic.

Canada's E.J. Eathorne shot 64 and was alone in fourth at 199.

COLONIAL: Phil Mickelson overcame a six-stroke deficit with 7-under 63 to win at Fort Worth, Texas, and join Tiger Woods as a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.

Mickelson had eight birdies, including a 20-footer on the 18th hole, to end at 12-under 268, two strokes ahead of Stewart Cink and Davis Love III.

Love, who along with Mickelson lost in a playoff to Jesper Parnevik at last week's Byron Nelson Classic, finished in second place for the eighth time since his last victory at the 1998 MCI Classic, 48 tournaments ago.

The title-clinching birdie for Mickelson, who won for the 16th time in his career, came just before Cink's drive at the 15th hole dropped into thick rough after hitting a tree. Cink missed a par putt to drop even with Mickelson and out of sole possession of the lead for the first time during the final round. Cink then three-putted 17 for bogey.

"I ended up making a few birdies," Mickelson said. "When I birdied 10, 11 and 12, I looked up at the board and saw I was only two back. That's when I knew I had a chance to win."

Mickelson, who turns 30 in June, collected a $594,000 check, the largest of his nine-year career.

TD WATERHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP: Dana Quigley, with hometown favorite Tom Watson waiting to tap in a short birdie putt, cooly holed a 12-footer for birdie on the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Senior PGA event in Kansas City, Mo.

Watson, who started the day four strokes in back of Quigley and six behind Jim Colbert, shot 9-under 63. He hit a 7-iron on 18 about a foot from the cup. Colbert, another home favorite, double-bogeyed the par-4 13th and shot 71. He finished third at 15 under.

Quigley, who won $195,000, sank a long birdie putt on the par-5 16th to go to 18 under, two shots ahead of Watson and three in front of Colbert.

Westwood topples Woods

One bad shot sank Woods in the Deutsche Bank Open at Alveslohe, Germany, and for just the second time in his career, he failed to win a tournament that he led after 54 holes.

England's Lee Westwood won by three strokes while Woods tied for third, ending a streak of 16 events worldwide that he had won after leading through three rounds. The last time he failed to win under those circumstances was the 1996 Quad City Open.

Woods' second shot on the 11th hole landed in the water, leading to double bogey.

"I just hit a bad shot at the wrong time, which cost me a wonderful chance to win the tournament," said Woods, reportedly paid $1-million to defend his title.

Woods finished at 277 with 2-under 70 at the $2.3-million event, Europe's third-richest prize.

Westwood, breaking out of the worst slump of his career, blistered the course on a warm, windless day for the tournament's best round, 64. He finished at 273, with Italy's Emanuele Canonica second at 276.

"It's great to win," Westwood said. "I wasn't even thinking of winning, but it certainly gives you a lot of satisfaction when you beat the world's No. 1 because there is nobody better than him."

Westwood won $408,000.

Woods helped draw 62,000 spectators to the event, about 20,000 more than the last time the event was held near Hamburg two years ago.

"This year's tremendous, I've never seen it like this. There's no doubt, it's Tiger-mania," said Brian Wolinsky, Titleist's sales manager in northern Germany, who has been at the last six tournaments.