Kar­rie Webb is choos­ing life over golf ca­reer

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - STEVE LARKIN

KAR­RIE Webb says it’s time to choose life over golf. But given her time over, she isn’t sure she would have cho­sen golf to start with.

Such is the burst of growth in other women’s sports in Aus­tralia, Webb says golf risks get­ting left be­hind.

“When I was 11, I told my par­ents that I wanted to be a pro­fes­sional golfer,” Webb said yes­ter­day, the eve of the Aus- tralian Open start­ing in Ade­laide.

“That was fol­lowed up shortly later with ‘I will ei­ther be a pro­fes­sional golfer or I will play cricket for Aus­tralia’.

“But play­ing cricket for Aus­tralia when I was 11, there wasn’t a vis­ual, that wasn’t even a pos­si­bil­ity — women’s cricket wasn’t even on the radar.

“If I was 11-years-old now and said that, what di­rec­tion would I have taken? Would I have played golf or would I play cricket?

“Right now, play­ing cricket for Aus­tralia is per­haps more vis­i­ble.”

Webb, 43, is wind­ing down her LPGA com­mit­ments in an at­tempted tran­si­tion to part­time golf.

Af­ter shoot­ing for a sixth Aus­tralian Open crown at Ade­laide’s Kooy­onga course from to­day, she’s plan­ning a max­i­mum of 10 LPGA tour­na­ments this year.

“When I was in my 20s and mak­ing de­ci­sions be­tween a friend’s wed­ding or some life event or golf, it was very easy to choose golf and my ca­reer,” Webb said.

“And as the years have gone on, I have still put golf first.

“But the last three, four years I haven’t felt good about al­ways choos­ing golf and so I’m try­ing out the part-time sched­ule this year.

“Hope­fully I can take part in some life events and still play some golf be­cause I still feel like there’s a lit­tle bit left.

“I guess I’m not quite ready to put the clubs away.”

The Queens­lan­der has seven ma­jors among her 41 LPGA Tour ti­tles and is sec­ond on the all-time LPGA Tour money earner’s list — $US20,179,509.

“I don’t know if you will ever hear me tell you that I have re­tired,” Webb said.

“I don’t have time lim­its. If this part-time works, I might do it for a few years but it’s sort of un­known — I might not be com­pet­i­tive enough.”

TRAN­SI­TION: Kar­rie Webb speaks about go­ing part-time.

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