Webb Doesnt Want To Be Anyone But Just Karrie
Then there is Karrie Webb. She started playing here the same year as Tiger, 1996. During that time she has won and won, just like Tiger. She's won 23 times in just five years, and that's exactly one less than Tiger, who has won 24.
Karrie used to live in Orlando, the place where Tiger lives. She now lives in Port St. Lucie, 160 miles south. But while Tiger is constantly hounded at every step, Karrie lives quietly on the beach. She won seven times last year, an unbelievable number for man or woman, but few people notice her as she went about her day-to-day life. Which, incidentally, is just fine with Karrie.
She remembers that time in Orlando when she wanted to buy a BMW. She wasn't wearing slacks, golf hat and shoes. She was wearing jeans - nice, but still jeans - and a neat t-shirt.
She went the first time and salesmen in the dealership hardly noticed. She went back again, but for the second time she was ignored.
Finally, the third time she went in, she had made up her mind - on her own, I might add. She still didn't make an impact on the salesman. She wasn't sure how she was going to pay, so a 21-year-old golf star put in a hurried call to her agents at IMG.
'How do I pay for this?' she asked.
'Well,' the person replied, 'if they accept personal checks, you have enough in your account to cover it.'
Webb called the gent over and asked if she could write a check. Well, he replied, they would certainly have to check her bank records. You don't just walk in off the street and write a check for an M3 BMW, you know.
She endured the game a bit longer while the salesman strode off to see the sales manager. He did - then returned apologetically. 'Are you Karrie Webb, the golfer?' he asked.
Yes, she nodded.
'We don't need to check your records,' he said, suddenly a bit flustered.
Such are the insults that Karrie Webb suffers. Incidentally, she would have been swarmed had she showed up at a BMW dealership in Australia. There she endures a fame that is Madonna-like. But she does absolutely nothing to enhance her image in the U.S. besides win golf tournaments, so she goes on her way without hindrance.
She is back in Orlando for the LPGA's opening tournament of 2001. She's 26 years old now and she has overcome much of her schoolgirl shyness about appearing in public. But she doesn't have the innate charisma of a Tiger Woods or the one-liners that leave the room clutching their sides in laughter.
What she does have is a golf swing. And a philosophy.
'I don't want to go out on the golf course thinking I'm going to try and top last year or the last two years,' she said.
'If I play good golf, I know I can be No. 1 on the money list. It's hard to set anything harder than that, but I also know that's going to be hard to achieve every year. All I want is to get into contention as many times as I can, and especially at the four majors. If I'm in the hunt come Sunday at the majors, I'll be very happy.'
No mention of owning a face that is instantly recognized, or car salesmen that fuss over you ad nauseum. This woman wants to be exactly who she is - Karrie Webb.
Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88
MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.
Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.
Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.
The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.
On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.
Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.
He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.
In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.
Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.
Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M
In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.
This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.
Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.
Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.
The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.
Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout
CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.
Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.
Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.
“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”
Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.
“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”
Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break
Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.
Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.
Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.
“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”
Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.
“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”
Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.