|Karrie Webb on the 18th green last year
Karrie Webb claimed her third victory of the 2013 season when she came from three strokes behind a trio of players going into the final round to win the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters by one stroke. The Hall of Famer, with 53 professional victories to her credit, has returned to defend the title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club this week.
How much are you looking forward to this event?
It’s great to be back and obviously I’m the defending champion. It’s always great to come back and defend your title. The course here at Buckinghamshire Golf Club is in great shape. It’s a little bit greener than last year. It was firm and fast last year but we’ve got a bit more green to it. The greens are beautiful and rolling really well.
Does defending put more pressure on your shoulders?
Some people think so but for me, I think it frees you up a little bit, because you’re the one that won it. I always have good feelings coming back to a place where I’ve won.
It’s a tough field, isn’t it. How tough is the opposition?
I think it’s a great field with a lot of great European players. With them winning two Solheim Cups in a row the depth is very strong out here. There are plenty of players that have a good chance to win.
Do you think women’s golf is getting the recognition it deserves?
Well playing on the LPGA as much as I do, I think it’s been a banner year, actually for us as far as who’s been winning and the story lines of people who have won. I think it is starting to get talked about a lot more and hopefully that will continue.
Who do you think will be up there?
I don’t know. I don’t look at anyone in particular and I think everyone’s got a chance to win. I just hope my name’s up there somewhere.
What’s the key out there on this course?
I think just managing your game and giving yourself plenty of birdie chances and trying to snag a few.