Four-time Australian Open golf champion Karrie Webb says she has got over her shock disqualification from the Ladies Masters last week.
Expect four-time champion Karrie Webb to spend a little more time completing her scorecard at this week’s Australian Open.
The former world No.1 was sensationally disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters last week for signing an incorrect scorecard.
The Queenslander had wrongly believed she had missed the cut and said she didn’t take her usual care.
“It was definitely a bit of a shock, even the way I played for the first two rounds,” the world No.8 said.
“Thinking that I missed the cut I was very careless in the score tent and was already planning what I was going to do for the weekend and where I was going to practise.”
Because of the error she still got that practice in and felt it had her in better form heading into the Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club starting on Thursday.
“I feel a little more underdone than if I’d played four rounds last week but my preparation’s gone quite well and I feel quite comfortable around here,” she said.
“I’ve had the chance to practise on some things wouldn’t have otherwise worked on so they’re feeling pretty good.”
The winner of seven golf majors, Webb’s last Open title was in 2008 at Kingston Heath.
She finished a disappointing tie for 36 last year at Royal Canberra, which was won by Korean Jiyai Shin, who isn’t defending her crown.
At Victoria there’s an emerging crop of young stars including 16-year-old world No.4 Lydia Ko and 19-year-old world No.9 American Lexi Thompson, who got her card at just 15.
Webb, who turned pro when she was 20, said such exciting newcomers were great for the women’s game but warned against other teenage golfers believing they were the norm.
“To think that someone of that age is ready to play at the elite level of golf is really impressive to me because I wasn’t anywhere near that at 15 years of age,” said Webb.
“I think there’s a danger there with some young girls either think, ‘Well I’m never going to be good enough because I’m 16, Lydia Ko’s 16 and I’m not as good as her and I’ll never be a professional’, and they give the game away or turn pro too early and they’re not ready.
“You need to encourage them to really mature at their own pace and there’s no pressure.
“You’re not failing by turning pro at 22.”