Se Ri Pak rallied from a four-stroke deficit to win the World Championship of Women's Golf yesterday as Karrie Webb double-bogeyed two of the last four holes.
Pak closed with a par round of 72 for an 8-under 280 total, one stroke better than Webb who had a 2-over 74 in the final round at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn.
Webb, who started the final round with a one-stroke lead over Pak and Laura Davies, nearly rebounded from her first disaster, the double bogey at 15, but she missed a six-foot birdie putt on the next hole as Pak was bogeying No. 17.
In her bid to become the first player since Beth Daniel in 1990 to win seven tournaments in a year, Webb self-destructed on the final hole.
Her third shot on the 530-yard par-5 found a greenside bunker. She hit out about three feet short of the green.
After chipping onto the green, she barely missed a six-foot bogey putt. . . .
Britain and Ireland defeated the United States in the Walker Cup, surging to victory after trailing 7-5 entering the final day in Nairn, Scotland.
Britain-Ireland, which won the biennial amateur golf trophy for only the fifth time in 37 attempts, began its turnaround in morning foursomes (alternate shot) by winning three of four matches to tie at 8.
Britain-Ireland, moving past the Americans in afternoon singles, reached 12 points when Graeme Storm holed a two-foot par putt on 18 to defeat Jonathan Byrd, 1 up. The 12 1/2 needed to win came moments later when Paddy Gribben of Northern Ireland dropped a three-foot putt for par to close out Hunter Haas on No. 16 to win 3 and 2. . . .
In a dominant display of driving and clutch putting, Hal Sutton ran away from the field in the Canadian Open, closing with a 3-under-par 69 in crusty, rock-hard conditions for a three-stroke victory over Dennis Paulson (69) in Oakville, Ontario.
Sutton finished at 275 for the widest margin of victory in the Canadian Open since 1987. Only seven players were in the 60s in the final round. . . .
Gil Morgan used strong iron play to post a 3-under 69 to win the Comfort Classic senior tournament by two strokes in Indianapolis.
Morgan, winner of six Senior PGA Tour events each of the last two years, won his first official event this year with a quick start as he birdied the first two holes to take the lead. He saved the lead with a scrambling par on No. 12 and finished at 15-under 201, two strokes ahead of Ed Dougherty, who also closed with a 69. Tom Jenkins finished another shot back with a 71. . . .
Bob May, an American who plays on the European tour, overtook Colin Montgomerie in the final round to capture the British Masters by a stroke for his first professional victory with a 5-under 67 to finish at 19-under 269 in Woburn, England.
Hunter Laid to Rest
Jim "Catfish" Hunter was buried several hundred yards from the high school field where he began a baseball career that would send him to the Hall of Fame.
More than 1,000 family, friends and former major league teammates turned out in Hertford, N.C., for the funeral of the pitcher who won five World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees.
The 53-year-old Hunter died Thursday, one year after learning he had Lou Gehrig's disease.
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is part of a group that has been awarded an Arena Football League expansion franchise that will begin play as early as 2001. Washington is among five cities being considered for the franchise.
The group will decide on a home site in February.
Carver Has Surgery
Super middleweight Randie Carver underwent brain surgery last night at North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital after suffering a major head injury during his fight at Harrah's Casino.
Carver, 25, was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed in the 10th round of his scheduled 12-round North American Boxing Federation title fight against Kabary Salem. . . .
Floyd Mayweather Jr. battered Carlos Gerena for seven rounds, finally retaining his WBC super featherweight title when referee Richard Steele stopped the fight with the bruised challenger sitting on his stool between the seventh and eighth rounds Saturday night in Las Vegas.