Webb finds that famous touch

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"It has been a while since I felt so good on a golf course."

They may be thrown away by anyone, but if they come from the mouth of Karrie Webb, the ISPS Handa Vic Open field would do well to pay attention.

The World Golf Hall of Fame member, whose resume is almost without peer but whose schedule is now only part-time, shook months of tournament inactivity to score the best 65 today, a race record for the Beach Course on 13th Beach.

And by the smile that broke her face when asked to tell it, Webb clearly lost neither the drive nor the ability to shake the title on Sunday.

"I am very enthusiastic about it," Webb beamed.

"I have not played well from tee to green for quite a while, probably for a few years.

"So yes, it feels good."

And it could easily have been better than the seven birds on her card.

"I started pretty well, but then I went three-putted (the par-five) fifth to a par that I was very frustrated with," she said.

"But I shook that off pretty well and played really great at 7-13, but yes, really solid all day long."

Five birdies in that seven-hole piece, including three on the bouncing from the 11th, was the key to Webb's load.

"Yesterday (in the first round on the Creek Course) I think the longest putt I made was four feet, so it was good to see that some of them entered today," said Webb, who thrived on the generous crowds gathered around her climb in the rankings.

"Yes, the crowds were good today, and it's good because it's close and they also feel part of it."

And you can be sure that when the seven-times-great champion starts rolling again at the weekend, those galleries can certainly be worth their idol

"I think so, I think there are also some Aussies, so I think the Australian crowd will pull for all the Aussies, so that will be good."

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