THE 2011 ANZ RACV Australian Ladies Masters is underway at Royal Pines Resort with seven time winner and Queensland local Karrie Webb hoping to make it number eight.
“I hope so, it’s always a great feeling to come back here, it’s an even better feeling when I am defending champion, I would love to be up there in the mix on Sunday, so will see what happens,” Webb said before the start of the Gold Coast tournament.
Also hoping for improvement on her performance at the Handa Australian Women’s Open last week will be 2009 champion Katherine Hull.
Hull tied for seventh with Webb in Melbourne and let her frustrations and emotions get the better of her at times.
The world No.18 is hoping to better channel that energy this year and make it into the top five.
The real tournament threat of course is Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, who moved to the world No.2 spot after cruising to a win in Melbourne.
Tseng could well be sitting on top of the Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings by Sunday night.
“It would be a dream come true. When I was twelve my dreams were to be world number one and I know it was very very far away. But now I am sitting here and I have a chance to get to be work number one, it feels it means a lot,” Tseng said at Royal Pines, speaking of how watching Webb play had inspired her as a teenage golfer.
Other players to watch include Open runner-up Mellissa Reid from England, three-time winner Laura Davies and European No.1 in 2010 South African Lee-Anne Pace.
There is also a strong American contingent including Angela Stanford, Stacy Lewis, Amanda Blumenherst and the just turned 16-year old Alexis Thompson.
There is a host of other golfing talent from Australia, America, Europe, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
The weekend rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters will be televised live on Channel 10 and One HD from 2pm – 6pm Saturday and Sunday.