Webb to miss 2015 RACV Ladies Masters

Part of the furniture will be missing from the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort next month.

That’s because eight-time champion Karrie Webb will be missing from Australian women’s golf’s biggest professional event of the year.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

While she has been this event’s biggest supporter over the years, Webb’s management has confirmed the Queensland star would be playing four events on the USLPGA tour in a six-week spread, which would effectively rule out a tilt at the Ladies Masters in 2015.

Sadly Webb won’t get the chance to acquit herself following an untimely disqualification at this event last year.

The 40-year-old left the course in tears after being disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.

Long-serving tournament chairman Bob Tuohy, who helped send Webb to the US LPGA Tour all those years ago lamented her absence from this year’s event.

“Obviously I’m disappointed and the Australian Ladies Professional Golfers are disappointed their No. 1 player won’t be there,” Tuohy said.

“We can’t do much about the mighty LPGA schedule and we’ll miss her.

“But we can’t hang our hats on Karrie.”

Another popular Aussie who is striving to be at Royal Pines is former Evian Masters winner Rachel Hetherington.

After making a comeback at the recent pro-ams along the east coast of Australia, Hetherington is keen to tackle the two major events on the Australian tour, the Masters and Australian Open.

Hetherington, 42, now runs a golf driving-range at Tweed Heads and after having a family is back keener than ever to add to her string of successes.