Webb Sets Sights on World Cup Golf
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ World No. 1 Karrie Webb has ruled the LPGA Tour, but when she competes in the inaugural Women’s World Cup beginning Friday, her hopes of adding another title will depend on teammate Rachel Hetherington.
Webb, with Tour wins this year, is excited about the $1 million tournament, but no matter how well she performs over the three days, the scores of her 27th-ranked partner will determine Australia’s fortunes at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
The Australians’ biggest challenges for the $200,000 top prize are expected from the United States and Swedish teams.
World No. 3 Meg Mallon and No. 4 Juli Inkster have a combined total of 38 LPGA Tour victories.
The Aussies pale in comparison, with a combined total of 26 wins, 23 belonging to Webb. Hetherington has not played well this year, but this will be her chance to end the season on a high note.
The Sorenstam sisters comprise Sweden’s team.
Annika Sorenstam, the world No. 2, has five wins this season for a career total of 23, while her sister Charlotta, No. 20, earned her first tour victory at Phoenix in March.
Other strong contenders in the 16-team tournament are England and Canada. The English have former world No. 1 Laura Davies, currently ranked No. 10, and Trish Johnson. Canada has No. 5 Lorie Kane and A.J. Eathorne.
The other countries competing are Malaysia, South Korea, Colombia, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Scotland and Taiwan.