Karrie Webb surrendered a two-stroke lead, then had three birdies over the last three holes today, including a six-foot putt on No. 18, and beat Cindy McCurdy by one stroke to win the LPGA Rochester International.
"It's just a great feeling to know that you have to do something like that and then pull it off," said the 24-year-old Australian, who shot a 2-under 70 for an 8-under 280 total.
It was Webb's fifth LPGA victory in 13 outings this year and her 14th since 1996.
"It's pretty amazing -- it's the stuff I dreamt about as a kid," she said.
McCurdy, 38, whose only tour win came in 1993, closed with a 68. Another stroke back after a 69 was Kristi Albers, who also picked up her sole career victory six years ago.
South Korea's Se Ri Pak shot a 68 and finished at 4 under to join Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, who also had a 68, in a tie for fourth. Defending champion Rosie Jones had a 73 and Gail Graham a 72 and were at 3 under.
McCurdy opened with three birdies, then jockeyed Webb for the lead throughout the afternoon on the sun-baked Locust Hill course.
Webb, who began the final round with a two-stroke lead, played the front nine in par, allowing McCurdy to catch her at the turn. Webb then bogeyed No. 10 after McCurdy had birdied it, but the momentum swung back when Webb birdied No. 12 and McCurdy bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14.
McCurdy jumped ahead again with consecutive birdies, making a 25-foot putt on No. 15 and leaving her approach shot three feet away on No. 16. Webb misjudged a long putt and bogeyed No. 15 to fall two behind, but drew level again with short birdie putts at the next two holes.
She left her final approach shot six feet from the hole, made a left-to-right curler and threw her arms up in triumph.
First prize in the $1 million tournament was worth $150,000.
McCurdy, 36, a native of Forest Park, Ga., joined the tour in 1988 and won the Sun-Times Challenge in Naperville, Ill., in 1993.
"Karrie's proving herself," McCurdy said. "She tees it up, you know she's going to be up there. . . . I'll be back next year."
Known for consistency, the last two years were McCurdy's most lucrative on tour with nine top-10 finishes. She had two other top-10 finishes this year.
Webb has finished in the top eight in all of her outings this year and leads the earnings list with $941,198. As an LPGA rookie in 1996, she became the first player to earn more than $1 million in a season.
Mickey Wright holds the record for wins in a season -- 13 in 1963.