The last time the Women's British Open was at Turnberry
As the Women’s British Open returns to Turnberry, it’s no surprise that 2002 champion Karrie Webb still rates it as one of her favourite courses.
Webb’s triumph around the Ailsa course 13 years ago sticks in the memory, and not only for her flawless final-round 66 after trailing by three strokes at the start of the day.
The victory also saw her become the first player to win the title three times and clinch the ‘Super Grand Slam’ of all five Majors.
Earlier in the week Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies were among a host of big names to fall by the wayside as the Ailsa and the Ayrshire weather combined to devastating effect. Here, Webb recalls her famous closing round…
I birdied 17, which probably put the last nail in the coffin. “I asked for a little bit of bad weather and I got my wish for five or six holes. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the wind dropped and the rain cleared off.
“I played those other holes really well in the bad weather, but knew I had to keep the pace up because the course was going to play pretty easy after that.
“I managed to keep things going and made a great par save at 16, which really was a big key and then birdied 17, which probably put the last nail in the coffin.
“At the start of the year, I knew that coming into the week I did have a chance to win all five Majors. It’s not a feat that everyone has a chance to do, so I feel great that I’ve been the first player to do it.”