ENTERING her 24th season as a professional, Karrie Webb still has plenty of motivation to climb back near the top of women’s golf.
Her career earnings ticked past $20 million in late 2016 and she’s just one remarkable season - or two very solid seasons - away from overtaking Annika Sorenstam as the LPGA’s al-time leading money winner.
Entering 2017, Webb trails the legendary Swede on the all-time list by $2,562,181, which is a tick over what Ariya Jutanugarn earned in her Player of the Year 2016 season.
But if overtaking Sorenstam is to occur, Webb will need to correct her slide in consistency over recent years which saw the Queenslander relinquish a spot on Australia’s Olympic team to up-and-coming Victorian Su Oh.
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Webb, 42, hasn’t won anywhere in the world since March 2014 and recorded just three top-10s in 2016 en route to a 47th place finish in the LPGA Tour’s Race To The CME Globe.
A T5th finish at the 2016 Women’s British Open was proof that she can still contend in the majors and nobody doubts her ability to rise to the occasion with seven major wins to her name.
If Webb was to claim a major in 2017 - 11 years after her last at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship - it would finally put to bed the debate surrounding 'who is Australia's greatest ever golfer?'
Only the most sexist golf commentator could deprive an eight-time major winner of that mantle.
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