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Webb is youngest in Hall of Fame

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Webb poses with her trophy at the Hall of Fame ceremony

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida -- Australian golfer Karrie Webb became the youngest member of the World Golf Hall of fame during induction ceremonies for five legends of the sport, in St Augustine, Florida.

The 30-year-old Queenslander joined Japan's Ayako Okamoto and three others honored posthumously - famed course designer Alister MacKenzie, writer Bernard Darwin and Scotsman Willie Park, who won the first British Open in 1860.

Webb won the career Grand Slam at age 26 and is the only player to win all five events to be designed as majors.

As a rookie in 1996, she won four titles and became the first LPGA player to win $1 million in a season.

Webb captured six LPGA titles in 1999, winning her first major and LPGA Player of the year honors. She captured seven titles, including two more majors, and another Player of the Year award in 2000.

The career Grand Slam came in 2001 with a victory at the LPGA Championship and she added the Women's British Open in 2002 after it became an LPGA major.

Webb qualified for the Hall of fame on points in 2000 but had to wait until this year's LPGA Championship before she had played the mandatory 10 years on the LPGA Tour to be eligible to take her place.

Okamoto won 17 LPGA events, making her debut in 1981 and taking her first title in 1982. She captured LPGA Player of the Year honors in 1987, leading the money list with four victories that season.

Okamoto retired in 1997 and returned home to play in Japan, where she began her career in 1975.

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