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Webb wins U.S. Open to achieve career goal

At age 25, she has pretty much done and won it all

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GURNEE, Ill. — With the U.S. Women's Open trophy at her side and the Hall of Fame in her future, Karrie Webb has everything she's ever wanted.

The Australian star has accomplished her grandest career goals at just 25, only 4 1/2 years into her career. And yet, now that she's achieved it all, there's so much more to do.

"Holding up trophies like that, that's got to keep you motivated. Winning golf tournaments is, to me, what I'm out there to do," she said Sunday after winning the biggest one of them all, the Women's Open.

"There's still a lot more to achieve, and I think I can only get better and improve my game."

Those words are sure to terrify other LPGA Tour players — just as they did the players across the Atlantic Ocean when Tiger Woods said them after winning the British Open.

Much as the comparisons might annoy her, Woods might be the only player to whom Webb can be matched now. Despite closing with a 1- over-73 on Sunday, she finished at 6-under-282 to win the Open by five strokes and has now won three of the last four majors — just as Woods has.

At 24, Woods was the youngest player to win the career Grand Slam. Webb needs only the LPGA Championship to complete hers and has until 2009 — yes, 2009 — to win it to be the youngest woman to win the modern-day slam.

"I think it's kind of cool to be compared to Tiger Woods, especially after what he's been doing," said Meg Mallon, who tied for second with Cristie Kerr at 1-under-287.

"Karrie has been fabulous," Mallon said. "I hope you all give her the credit she deserves. Sometimes when a player makes it look as easy as she does, it's hard to appreciate how great she is. She's only 25 years old. She has not even gotten mature yet. She's not going to go away for a long time."

Certainly not before 2005. Though Webb's victory — her fifth LPGA Tour victory and sixth worldwide title of the year — gave her the points she needs for the Hall of Fame, she has to play 10 years on the LPGA Tour before she can be inducted.

B.C. OPEN:Brad Faxon shot a 4-under-par 68 for an 18-under-270 total to edge Esteban Toledo (69) by one stroke and win the B.C. Open for the second straight year. Faxon became the first repeat winner in the tournament's 28-year history. It was his seventh career victory on the PGA Tour.

INSTINET OPEN: Gil Morgan shot a 6-under-par 66 to cap off a tournament record 17-under-199 that gave him a four-stroke victory over Bob Murphy (70) and Bruce Fleisher (66) in the Senior PGA Instinet Open.

Morgan, who led for the final 13 holes, broke Chi Chi Rodriguez's 1987 mark of 14-under-202 and his margin of victory was the second largest in the 16-year history of the event.