Webb confirmed for 2013 Ladies Masters

Australia’s greatest female golfer, Karrie Webb has announced she will return to the Gold Coast for the 2013 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters from 1 to 3 February at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

The World Golf Hall of Famer, who missed her first Ladies Masters earlier this year, is looking forward to returning to an event she has dominated, winning seven times, finished runner-up four times and posted another four top 10 finishes.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I am very pleased that I am returning to RACV Royal Pines where I have so many great memories in the past” Webb said.

“My nieces and nephews will be joining me so I look forward to some good golf and time on the beach on the beautiful Gold Coast and all that it has to offer.”

Webb opted to miss her first Ladies Masters in 2012 as part of a strategy to be better prepared for the season’s first major in March.

A gruelling early schedule of tournaments in Australian, Asia and the United States had left her physically drained in past years but tournament organisers are thrilled that she has the event back on her schedule in 2013.

The new three round format is something Webb says will require a slightly different mindset when she tees it up in the first round.

“We have played three round tournament at the Ladies Masters before when torrential rain caused cancellation of the first round, however this is a little different, we are going in knowing it is three rounds. It means you have to be on your game from the start, a quick start is important.”

Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy said “Karrie’s return to the RACV Royal Pines Resort next February in search of her eighth Masters title makes a huge statement and again endorses her commitment to the well-being of Australian women’s golf and the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.”

Christal Boeljon from The Netherlands had earlier confirmed that she will be returning to defend her title from 2012, joining 2012 LET Order of Merit winner Carlotta Ciganda, runner-up Caroline Masson, Caroline Hedwall, Sophie Gustafson, Lee-Anne Pace and Laura Davies at RACV Royal Pines.