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Karrie Webb to play in the Australian Open

Since she is Australian in addition to being the tournament’s defending champ this shouldn’t really be news but it is. From the Herald-Sun-

THE tournament still has no sponsor, but the Australian Open can count on a commitment from Karrie Webb and the country’s best female golfers.

Webb has chosen country over cash, confirming she will bypass the opening event of next year’s US LPGA Tour to defend her Australian Open crown in February.

The Open, from February 12-15, will clash with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay Resport, a Hawaiian event offering more than three times the $500,000 prize pool at Melbourne’s Metropolitan course.


But Webb, who produced an incredible comeback to beat world No.6 Ji-Yai Shin in the Australian Open this year, will front up in Melbourne again with Australia’s leading females Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright.


“I thoroughly enjoy playing in the ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines every year and I’m thrilled to be going back to the Open as defending champ after winning in a play-off earlier this year.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to play in front of family and friends.”

Webb will also be aiming to win her seventh ANZ Masters title on the Gold Coast in February.

But she will have tough opposition, including Shin and world No.2 Yani Tseng.

An unnecessary scheduling conflict between the Australian and LPGA tournaments. With all those open weeks early on in the LPGA schedule, couldn’t the SBS been played another time?

Maybe not, the golf course may not have been available or the deal between the tournament and the LPGA not subject to change. Besides Webb and other Australian based LPGA pros, I think most LPGA players will pick SBS over the Australian Open.

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