Royal Melbourne put Webb to sleep


ORLANDO, Fla. – If Karrie Webb slept fitfully after dozing off while watching the Presidents Cup telecast Wednesday night, she didn’t show it in the first round of the CME Group Titleholders Championship at Grand Cypress Resort.

Webb, an Australian, watched the Presidents Cup with great interest with the event being played at Royal Melbourne, site of next year’s Women's Australian Open, which will be co-sanctioned by the LPGA.

“I fell asleep watching it,” said Webb, who opened with a 5-under-par 67 to move a shot off the lead Thursday. “I can tell you I’m already a little scared about our tournament there at the start of next year. I’m hoping we don’t have green speeds of 14. Although I was talking to Jason [Hamilton], Yani Tseng’s caddie today, and he’s from Melbourne.”

Hamilton told Webb Royal Melbourne is expecting a long, dry and hot summer.

“Just to make those greens a little firmer,” Webb said. “I was a little scared going to sleep.”