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Forum staff reports, Published February 16 2014

Former NDSU golfer Anderson finishes tied for 25th in LPGA's Australian Open

VICTORIA, Australia - Amy Anderson shot a final-round 75 Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th place in the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

The former North Dakota State golfer finished the tournament at 3-under 285 and earned $11,589.

Karrie Webb shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 13-under and claim a one-shot victory over Chella Choi, marking Webb's 40th career LPGA Tour victory.

"I feel very fortunate to have won today but I liked my chances at the start of the day because of the wind picking up," said Webb. "If we had another day like we had the first three days, I probably was a little too far back to have a chance, so I was thankful for the weather changing and I played as good as I have in a very long time."

Webb maneuvered herself around the course with six birdies and two bogeys on a day that featured far fewer scoring opportunities than through the first three rounds.

Choi, the co-third round leader who was seeking her first career LPGA Tour victory, double-bogeyed the par-4 second hole after going out of bounds. Meanwhile, Webb had already kicked off her round with a pair of opening birdies and navigated her way through the jammed leaderboard until discovering she was tied for the lead following a birdie on the 11th hole.

"I was obviously pumped up that I made the putt but then of course I made that to tie for the lead," said Webb. "I had a little bit of trouble calming myself down on the next hole, I didn't hit a very good tee shot, but I ended up making a really good par, so that sort of settled me down. It was a little up and down coming in, but the conditions were so difficult that it was hard to hit some quality shots and know exactly where the wind was coming from."

Webb bogeyed the 16th hole to drop into a tie for the lead with Choi, but after a par at No. 17 she reached the par-5 18th in two shots and two-putted for the birdie that proved to be the tournament-winner when Choi later missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

Webb collected the $180,000 winner's check, while Choi took home $110,822 with her second-place finish.

"I'm not sure if I saw it coming, but sometimes for me the tougher the conditions the better because I have to really get out of my head," Webb said. "I have to not think technically. I think when the conditions are milder you try to be more perfect, I think because the conditions are easy so you should be shooting low scores. When the conditions are tough I think I get out of that mindset and I just feel the shot that I need to."

American Paula Creamer and No. 4-ranked Lydia Ko finished in a tie for third place along with Karine Icher. Third-ranked Stacy Lewis finished another shot off the lead at 9-under along with Jenny Shin, Amelia Lewis and Morgan Pressel.

First-round leader Suzann Pettersen completed her freefall with an 80 on Sunday, seeing her score increase each round and ultimately finished in a tie for 28th. A victory or a solo second-place finish would have vaulted her into the No. 1 spot on the Rolex Rankings ahead of Inbee Park, who will make her season debut in Thailand next week.

Jessica Korda, who won the season-opening event in the Bahamas, finished in a tie for 19th in Australia and remains atop The Race to the CME Globe with 552 points.

Finishing a stroke ahead of Anderson was Cheyenne Woods, a niece of Tiger Woods.