Karrie Webb is back in the winner’s circle.
The seven-time major champion held off Annika Sorenstam to win the Senior LPGA Championship and claim her first senior title.
Webb, 47, fired a five-under par 67 in the final round for a four-shot victory at Salina Country Club.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had to make putts down the stretch to win a golf tournament,” Webb told ABC News.
“The mouth was getting dry and the little putts were seeming a little bit longer.”
The final round turned into a duel between the two Hall of Fame players, who were rivals in their prime.
Head-to-head battles between Webb and Sorenstam were rare at the height of her rivalry, swarms of people flooding into Salinas Country Club to see the pair go toe-to-toe again.
Fifty-one-year-old Sorenstam opened with an eagle and went out in 31 to tie the Australian for the lead.
“It was kind of a ‘game-on’ moment,” Webb said.
“Once that went in, I was like, ‘All right here we go’. I just knew I had to play my best golf.”
Sorenstam, who carded a final round 69, said she wished she could have applied more pressure during the round.
“It would have been fun, but I think I ran out of gas a little bit,” she said.
Webb regained the lead with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes, then made eagle on the par-5 14thand finished at 14-under par and a $60,000 payday.
“I think it was a great head-to-head for most of the day, and I think we both played well,” Sorenstam said.
“She just came out on top this time. But it’s always nice to have the fans and spectators out there cheering and creating a good atmosphere.”
Webb has confirmed her intention to play the Women’s Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club in December and given that was the site of her fifth national championship triumph must now be considered a genuine threat.