Born: December 21, 1974
Height: 5 ft 6 in
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
Turned Pro: 1994
11-year old Karrie Webb knew she wanted to be a professioanl golfer after watching fellow Queenslander Greg Norman play in 1986. Webb quickly developed into one of Australia’s finest young amateurs. Now, a little more than two decades after turning professional, Webb is one of the greatest female golfers of all-time.
Webb turned pro in 1994. She debuted on the Ladies European Tour in 1995 and was selected as Rookie of the Year. At the end of 1995 she finished second at the LPGA qualifying school and earned her LPGA tour card for the 1996 season.
Webb won in just her second LPGA start and won three more times that year on her way to becoming the first women golfer to win over a million dollars in a single season. She also won the Ladies Open Championship that season after winning it her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour. At the time, this championship wasn’t recognized as a women’s Major (it now is considered a Major). In reality, Webb had two Rookie of the Year awards and two Major titles in her first two professional seasons.
From there, the momentum just continued for Webb. She won the Women’s U.S. Open in back to back seasons (2000 and 2001) and, in doing so, became the youngest women to win the LPGA career slam (all the LPGA-sanctioned Major championships).
Beginning in 2002, Webb’s career hit a slump. But, like all great champions, she battled through it. In 2006, she holed a 116-yard shot on the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The shot got her into a playoff with Lorena Ochoa which she eventually won.
A year earlier, Webb was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a 30-year old, the youngest player at the time to receive such an honor.
In 2014, Webb won two more tournaments, bringing her career total to 41 LPGA victories which tied her for 10th all-time with Babe Zaharias.