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HSBC Women's Champions: Webb wins by 1 stroke (Updated)

Posted: 27 Feb 2011 01:38 AM PST

SINGAPORE (AP): Australia's Karrie Webb used four straight birdies on the back nine Sunday to surge past Japan's Chie Arimura for a one-shot victory at the HSBC Women's Champions.

The 36-year-old Webb finished with a 3-under 69 for a 13-under total of 275 at Singapore's Tanah Merah Country Club for her 37th career LPGA tour win. "I'm one ahead of my age," Webb said. "I kicked it in on the back nine. I got it done and it feels great."

Webb, who took home a winner's check of $210,000, was three strokes behind Arimura after a bogey on the 10th. But she started her string of birdies on the next hole to grab a lead she would never relinquish.

Arimura (71) had led from the first round and had a one-stroke advantage over Webb going into the final round. The 23-year-old Arimura, who has seven Japan LPGA victories, has yet to win an LPGA tournament.

"I'm disappointed with the result, but I played a pretty good round today, so I'm happy," Arimura said. "Karrie is really smart and very calm and really a good player."

Top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan (67) jumped into contention with five birdies on the front nine, but couldn't keep up that pace and finished in third place, three shots behind the winner.

Tseng was coming off a string of three victories in three weeks, earning the top ranking after wins at the Australian Women's Open and Australian Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in February and last week's LPGA Thailand event.

"Last night, I didn't think I was going to win today, and then after the front nine, I was thinking I can win," Tseng said. "But I just couldn't get it on the back nine."

South Korea's Sun Young Yoo (69) finished fourth, five strokes behind Webb. American Morgan Pressel (68) was another shot back in fifth and Na Yeon Choi (71) of South Korea was sixth, seven strokes behind.

Japan's Ai Miyazato (74), who won the tournament last year, finished tied for 14th at 2 over. Michelle Wie (75) finished 8 over while Juli Inkster (77) was a full 20 shots back.

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Checa wins opening 2 Superbike races

Posted: 27 Feb 2011 01:11 AM PST

PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia (AP): Spain's Carlos Checa had a perfect opening round of the World Superbike Championship, winning both races Sunday after setting a lap record in qualifying and leading every practice and qualifying session at Phillip Island.

Checa, riding a Ducati, won the first race by 4.365 seconds over defending world champion Max Biaggi of Italy. He beat Biaggi into second in the second race as well, this time by 1.188 seconds.

Leon Haslam of Britain was third in the opening race, while Marco Melandri of Italy took the same spot in the second race over the 4.445-kilometer (2.76-mile) circuit.

The 38-year-old Checa led for 19 of the 22 laps in the first race, and Sunday's two wins were the sixth and seventh of his career. He also had double wins at Imola in Italy last year.

On Saturday, Checa led the final Superpole qualifying session and had a fastest lap time of 1 minute, 30.882 seconds, the quickest time for Superbikes at Phillip Island, eclipsing the 1:31.050 set by Regis Laconi of France in 2009.

"It has just been the perfect week, from the beginning of testing last Monday and Tuesday until today," Checa said.

"I've had a strong pace the whole time, but you just never know what's going to happen until the real action begins. Certainly, it may have been a bit boring for the spectators to see me out front by myself, but it was the best strategy to put in place and the 50 points is just brilliant."

Checa earned 25 points for each of his race wins and leads the championship after one round, with Biaggi 10 points behind.

The second round of the championship will be held from March 25-27 at Donington, England.

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