Karrie Webb collapses and Paula Creamer sinks a massive putt to win at HSBC Women’s Champions.
If you tuned in to see the final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore today, you may have been disappointed to see Karrie Webb’s unusual collapse to miss out on a playoff and a chance of winning.
However, you would have seen Paula Creamer win the event by sinking one of the most remarkable, longest putts you’ll ever see to win in a golf tournament – and this time it wasn’t in Golf.com’s office building.
Karrie Webb held a three-shot lead with six holes to play but dropped three shots, including a strange, out-of-character bogey at the last to finish one stroke out of a playoff with American Paula Creamer and Spain’s Azahara Munoz.
After Creamer and Munoz both made par playing the par-5 18th hole the first time, Creamer found herself with a huge, curling putt for eagle to win the tournament.
No one gave her much chance of making the putt given she was on the top tier of the green and how far right she had to aim to get the ball close to the hole. Anything within five feet would be a good result.
Creamer did what no one thought was possible. Her putt just made the slope, it teetered on the edge of the tier, almost stopping before running away towards the hole. It disappeared right into the middle of the cup sending the crowd into raptures and Creamer running across the green with pure joy.
Earlier, Webb suddenly lost her swing on the final holes and it culminated in a poor club choice on the par-5 18th when she opted to play a rescue club out of the fairway bunker. With par enough to tie for the lead, Webb went for broke to try and win the event but her shot clipped the grass on the lip of the bunker and went back in the sand.
It was an unexpected brain-fade moment from Webb who was obviously still fuming after losing the lead. We expect so much from Webb, and other champions of the game that perhaps we raise the bar too high in those situations.
It’s a funny game, it messes with your head and even the very best players aren’t immune from its frustration.