Karrie Webb is in a transitional phase and it is all learning for the legend of the Australian wave.
Webb is 44, already a part-timer and by its own recognition, the settlement of the glory days. She spent more than four months back in Australia last year, more than in the previous 20 years when she lived in Florida and won seven majors, earning herself a Hall of Fame gong.
Her decision to withdraw was because she was not ready to retire. And she feels the same now that she is preparing for a tilt at the ISPS Handa Vic Open this week and then the ISPS Handa Women & # 39; s Australian Open next week in Adelaide.
"You know, I'm fortunate that my career has been so good for me that I can choose to slow down my career instead of … many athletes are being forced out because they're either out of the team or out of their bodies they do not let them play their sport anymore, or they are a step slower or whatever, "she said today. "You know, I can choose on my own terms when I'm done." Honestly, to stop cold turkey, I think it would be a huge adaptation of life instead of doing it the way I do it. " ; & # 39;
Webb played eight tournaments last year, but her last was the Women & # 39; s British Open in August. She has not played a tournament since, a period of more than five months, which is less ideal preparation for the next two weeks.
But that is good, according to Webb, who after more than 20 years on the road wanted to pursue other interests. Back in Townsville close to her sister and her parents, who still live in Ayr nearby, fishing, looking at North Queensland cowboys in the NRL, usually lead a different life. Recently it was announced that she will be designing Brisbane's Indooroopilly Golf Club again with her friend and renowned golf architect Ross Perrett.
She does not want to be eliminated every other week as a celebrity in a tournament, so it has been an adjustment for a player who admits that she has been fighting for "110 percent or not at all" for a long time. That is why she has worked hard for her practice in recent weeks, trying to prepare for tomorrow and beyond. "I do not consider myself a ceremonial golfer and I'm not here, so everyone can say:" Oh, it's so great to see you "," she said today. " playing and thinking that I have the chance to do well in the events I play in, so we'll see how the game is going this year. & # 39; & # 39;
Webb will release on Thursday at 7.50 am on the 10th hole of the Creek course with the Swedish Pernilla Lindberg and the Georgia Hall in England.