FIL-AM DELASIN RALLIES TO SHARE 2nd; AUSTRALIAN WEBB WINS BY 9

MANILA, September 9, 2003 (STAR) Pulled down by an atrocious round Saturday, Fil-Am Dorothy Delasin rallied with a closing four-under par 66 and finished joint second with three others in the $1 million John O. Hammons Hotel Classic dominated by Australian Karrie Webb Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Delasin wound up nine strokes behind Webbís 200-aggregate in the three-day tournament but the Fil-Amís explosive finish spoke well of the character of the player who tumbled down to 28th place from fourth with a five-over 75 round in the second day.

The effort netted Delasin $61,541 in winnings, raising her earnings this year to $317,708. It was Delasinís fourth top 10 finish in 21 tournaments in the current season of the lucrative circuit.

With former national teammate Jennifer Rosales taking time out for a much-needed vacation in Manila, Delasin opened her bid with a two-under par 68 at the par-70 Tulsa Country Club course. But a slew of mishaps, including a double-bogey, marred her stint in the second round as the power-hitting Delasin, who just turned 23 two weeks ago, slid all the way down to joint 28th and headed for another so-so finish that has marked her campaign this year.

But birdies on three of the first five holes hinted at a big comeback for Delasin, who went on to birdie two more at the back to negate her lone bogey-mishap on No. 8 for that 66 card. She wound up with a 209, one-under, in a tie with Candie Kung (67), Jamie Hullett (70) and Tammie Green (70).

Webb also shot a closing 66 to cop the top purse of $150,000 and nail her first LPGA title in more than a year and the 29th of her career.

Webb made five birdies in the final round as she finished at 10-under for the 54 hole-tournament. It was Webbís first win since the Womenís British Open in Aug. 2002.

Webb pumped her fist, hugged Christie Kerr and flipped a ball into the stands after she made a one-foot putt for par on the 18th.

"I just wanted to win so badly this year," Webb said. "I didnít want to be shut out for the first time in my career."

She won $150,000 of the third-year tournamentís $1 million purse. The tournament is the last for many players competing in next weekís Solheim Cup matches pitting US players versus European players in Sweden.

Defending champion Annika Sorenstam, playing for the first time in three weeks, shot a 68 and finished tied for 10th at 211.

Any possibility for tension in the final round was drained just after the turn when Donna Andrews, trailing by three strokes at four-under, double-bogeyed No. 10.

"I was glad that I had a nine-shot lead coming down the last because I didnít have to think too much," Webb said. ó With report from AP


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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