Webb shoots 67 in muddy conditions


It was damp and muddy underfoot for the first round of this week's LPGA Tour event in Nashville, Tennessee, but Karrie Webb is in the form to roll out great scores whatever the conditions.

With six birdies in a five-underpar 67, Webb, who has finished 1st, tied 2nd, tied 2nd in her last three starts, was two strokes off the lead shared by Americans Beth Bader and Angela Stanford.

"All six birdies were from inside 15 feet and I played really well again,'' said the Australian, whose win in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March seems to have flicked a switch propelling her back towards the top of the world rankings. "The course was very soft and that made it a little easier to hit near the hole. The fairways are very wide, but you still have to be able to shape the shots and the greens are not easy. But I think I'll need three more rounds like today to have a chance.''

Webb was in a seven-way tie for fourth, one shot behind Grace Park.

Lindsey Wright was the next best Australian on 69, with Shani Waugh on 70, Katherine Hull on 71 and Michelle Ellis the only one over par with a 73.

The conditions forced the officials to allow players to lift, clean and place the ball ? and Webb fully backed the decision.

"They definitely had to do it,'' she said. "If not, we'd be missing greens and spectators wouldn't understand that it was because mud was stuck to the ball.'' Stanford had eight birdies in her seven under, while Bader did not drop a shot.



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