Webb Davies Play Australian Ladies Masters


Australian Karrie Webb goes for her fourth straight Australian Ladies Masters victory when she begins play in the tournament at Royal Pines resort. There to try to prevent her from achieving her goal are England's Laura Davies and Aussies Jane Crafter, Rachel Teske and Alison Munt, among others.
Webb will tee off after winning the Australian Female Athlete of the Year in Adelaide this week. She also won the inaugural winner of the Dawn Fraser Award for sports personality of the year at the Australian Sports Award dinner. At the Ladies Masters, she is 79-under-par in her last 20 rounds, covering her last three tournaments.
Davies, the 37-year-old Briton, was very conspicuous in checking with Munt on the location of the driving range at Royal Pines. Seldom does she visit the range, preferring to warm up with a game of tennis or, in the case of Royal Pines, at the casino tables.
Davies refused comment on Webb and Tiger Woods, the world's two golfers, not having a win this season. 'I'm not getting into that rubbish,' she said.
'All that kind of talk does is suggest the rest of us are useless, when really we're not too shabby.'
Davies stopped in Japan en route to Australia and collected her new clubs from Srixon. She was dropped by Maruman after 14 years, and they went out of business this year. She used the new clubs to win the Australian Ladies Championship last week, sans the driver. During the tournament, she used a Callaway Hawkeye that she borrowed from the pro shop.
Crafter is 45 now and recently had the laser surgery, which Davies also had recently.
'I don't think it's going to be a revolutionary year just because I've had laser surgery, but it's made a huge difference. I was terribly blind.'