The bandaged callouses on her right hand provide the evidence that Karrie Webb is out to regain the Golf Weekly Women’s World No.1 ranking from Annika Sorenstam in 2002.
The Australian has been practising hard in Florida as the LPGA gets off to a delayed start in Sydney tomorrow (Thursday) in the A£750,000 Australian Ladies Masters.
Webb is aiming to become the first player, male or female, to win the same event in five successive years at Royal Pines. Laura Davies, who’s also competing in Australia, won the Standard Register Ping four years in a row but failed at her fifth attempt.
But Sorenstam, who last year won eight tournaments on the US LPGA Tour and became the first woman to earn more than $US2million in a season is equally determined and claims she has the game to score even lower than she did last year.
"I'm shooting for a better year. I want to be a better player and that's what I'm focusing on. I believe you can hit 18 greens, every fairway and I believe you can make every putt," says the Swede, who fired a 13-under par 59 in the Ping Register event last year.
"I wanted to be the best player on the LPGA, I wanted to be No1 in the world again and that's what pushed me the most, because I wasn't satisfied. Karrie's success in 1999 motivated me. To see how good a player she is made me want to work harder so I could beat her and that made me want to practise."
But it’s far from a two-horse race this week, Paula Marti from Spain, who won last week’s event, will lead Europe’s Challenge in this co-sanctioned tournament which also counts towards the Evian Tour rankings.