Karrie Webb’s quest to make the Olympics intensifies this week with her 2016 LPGA debut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Is this push to Rio de Janeiro the beginning of the end to the Hall of Famer’s career?
Even Webb isn’t sure.
“I said I was going to retire when I was 35, and I’m 41 now, so still going,” Webb said Wednesday in a pretournament news conference at The Grange Golf Club outside Adelaide in South Australia. “I think when you’re 18, 30 seems like it’s a long way away, but from experience it comes around pretty quickly. I don’t know what the future holds for me as far as full time playing. I’m concentrating this year on a full schedule and hopefully making the Olympic team and then just re-assessing where things are at the end of the year.”
Whether Webb retires at year’s end, or finds that chasing Olympic gold has fueled ambition to keep on winning trophies, or just decides to scale back her appearances, her journey is worth paying extra attention to this season. The Olympics has kept a fire burning inside her, a fire that has been something special to behold over her two decades as a pro.
There is longevity to Webb’s excellence worth marveling over.