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Old 03-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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Win No.37 keeps Webb's slowburn alive

There have been times in moments of reflection when Karrie Webb has thought about walking away from golf. She's made her millions from the game - about $US16 million on the LPGA Tour along without taking into consideration her sponsorship deals and investments - but, so far, she has rejected the thought.

It is because of occasions such as last Sunday in Singapore when she won the $US1.4m HSBC Women's Champions tournament over the garden course of the Tanah Merah Country Club to notch up her 37th LPGA victory, one more than her age. She'd been out of the LPGA winner's club for almost two years; now she is back, and her world ranking has risen to No.10.

She failed to impose herself on the local scene last month, tying for seventh in the Women's Australian Open at Melbourne's Commonwealth course and then tying for ninth at the Ladies Masters when she was attempting to win an eighth title, but she felt the signs were there.
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"You don't judge two weeks on what is going to happen for the rest of the year,'' she said yesterday. ''You never think it's far away, even with such average results as I had in the States last year. It's just a matter of putting it all together. Even winning last Sunday, I still thought I could put it all together, but it still catches you by surprise.

"I was scratchy early but kept my emotions in check. I handled it so well. It was like getting back on a bicycle … I said to Mikey [Patterson, her caddie of more than 10 years], 'I just want to play well today. If I'm meant to win, I'm meant to win.' I was really calm. It took the focus off winning and on to playing well."

Play well she did. Four straight birdies from the 11th to the 14th holes on Sunday were testament to that, and she scored a one-shot win over Japan's Chie Arimura with world No.1 Yani Tseng in third place.

Now, she looks forward to this year as perhaps a repeat of 2006, when she finished tied seventh in the Australian Ladies Masters (there was no Women's Open that year), and it was certainly no portent to what lay ahead. Victory in the first major of the women's year - the Nabisco - and then four more LPGA titles.

"[Form-wise] it was pretty close after the Australia tournaments, except that I think I'm in a better place mentally now than I was then. I really thought [in 2006] I was a long way from winning.''

All thoughts of quitting the game, saying to herself "to hell with golf", are on hold.

"Certainly, I've thought it [walking away from golf], probably not to do anything else, but why keep hitting your head against the wall? I've got enough [cash] to sit around for a few years and work out what I want to do. But, it goes back to what I'm trying to do - enjoy golf more. If I'm not enjoying it now, I shouldn't be doing it. It's hard work. It sucks, you know. It's a lot of hard work if you're not enjoying it.''

What Webb will do should she walk away at some stage, who knows? She doesn't. She'd always have some involvement in golf; maybe more charity work. She is already involved in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the cause devoted to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.

Webb's first coach, Kelvin Haller - still her joint coach with Brisbane's Ian Triggs - is a quadriplegic after an accident at Ayr Golf Club.

Webb caught the red-eye flight from Singapore to Brisbane on Sunday night, and then headed north to Ayr, her home town, for a couple of days before going to Townsville, where she has an apartment, for two further days for business meetings before returning to Ayr for this weekend.

She'll have a beer with old mates in the local pub, and take in a movie at the Delta cinema she bought for her parents, Rob and Evelyn, to run. She paid $350,000 about 10 years ago, and has spent millions refurbishing the movie house she loved as a kid. She might live the bulk of her time in Florida, but Ayr is her heart and soul.

So, too, is her family. Her sisters, Janelle and Katie, each have two kids, the youngest 18 months and the eldest five. Aunty Karrie is spending time with the children before heading back to the US on Wednesday.

"I love kids, I've always loved kids, but since my sisters have become mothers I have a different bond with kids,'' she said. ''I think I understand them a bit more.''

So, will Webb have children herself? Australia's greatest golfer has always closely guarded her private life, yet she took the question in her stride.

"I haven't gotten the bug, no. But I probably think about it more now but it isn't hasn't struck me as something I need to do at this stage … If I decided to have kids, I would never be playing golf. I wouldn't do both. I don't know how the girls do it having their kids on tour."

Win No.37 keeps Webb's slowburn alive
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Karrie's Press Conference After Her 37th LPGA victory!

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Great posts Rusty and BKB. Thank you.

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Great posts Rusty and BKB. Thank you.

Webbie ROOLS!
Any predictions on the kind of year she will have?
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