Karrie Webb has cemented her place in golf history as one of the greatest players of all time. In her homeland of Australia, however, is where she feels most loved and appreciated. So this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, which she has won a record five times, is a special occasion.
“If I play in Australia once or twice a year it’s the only time that you know the majority of the crowed are for me,” she said . “You know whenever we’re anywhere else in the world, you know if we’re in the States, the crowd has their favorites but if you’re playing against an American you know they’re cheering for the American which rightly so they should be but it’s a nice change to have that when I come home.”
The 41-year-old Webb is setting her sights on not only the 2016 Olympic Games in August. The Olympics weren’t on Webb’s radar when she launched her professional career more than two decades ago. There was no reason for them to be; golf hasn’t been part of the Olympic program since 1904. The prospect of representing her home country in Rio has kept her motivated.
“Twenty years ago it wasn’t important at all as I was never going to compete at the Olympics,” she said, “but you know since golf was announced in the 2016 Olympics it’s definitely been a focus of mine and I think it’s what has kept me out here playing full-time. It’s important to make the team for me but you know obviously if something were to happen and I didn’t it’s not going to tarnish what I’ve already achieved.”
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