Big names to tackle Webb at Ladies Masters

Karrie Webb will be the headline act, but there is no shortage of big names queuing up to take on the Queensland star next month in the 25th staging of the Volvik RACV Australian Ladies Masters.

While Webb has a stunning record in this event (she’s won it eight times), she will face some impressive talent when she heads for the RACV Royal Pines Resort from February 6-9.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Youthful Americans Jessica Korda and Cheyenne Woods will be there and now two of Team Europe’s best players from their Solheim Cup win last year will also be heading for the Gold Coast event.

Swede Caroline Hedwall and England’s Charley Hull will join a field already boasting Katherine Hull-Kirk, Rebecca Artis, Stacey Keating, Kristie Smith and Lindsey Wright among others.

Hedwall was the stand-out player during the Solheim Cup, becoming the first player in Solheim Cup history to win all five matches she was involved in.

Many will recall the 24-year-old started her stellar 2013 season with a win in Sydney at the Bing Lee Fujitsu Women’s NSW Open before going on to make 21 from 23 cuts on the LPGA with six top-10 finishes.

Hull, is another teenage sensation in women’s professional golf at the moment.

The 17-year-old from England had an incredible rookie year in Europe. She started her career with four consecutive runner-up finishes and went on to record another five top 10 finishes in her 14 events in 2013 on the LET.

Korda is also coming off a fantastic year on the LPGA.

In just her third year as a professional, she made the cut in all the 21 events she played in and posted six top-10 finishes, with her best finish being runner-up in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

Fellow compatriot Woods, who is the niece of Tiger Woods, will be back and will be looking to improve on her 33rd finish earlier this year.

In 2013 Woods played 11 events on the Ladies European Tour and posted three top-20 finishes in her rookie year.

The 23-year-old has full exemption on the LET in 2014.

The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters will be broadcast from the Gold Coast by ABC Sport, live throughout Australia, on the weekend of February 8 and 9 from 2pm to 6pm each day.