Category: Karrie Webb

February 15, 2013

Karrie Webb to Lydia Ko: Go pro already

Posted at 1:05 PM by Samantha Glover

Former World No. 1 Karrie Webb believes 15-year-old Lydia Ko is ready to turn pro and start keeping all that money she'd win if she wasn't an amateur, according to David Barbeler's report.

When asked if her advice to Ko would be to stay amateur for a while longer and enjoy the game, Webb replied: "No, that's not my advice to her.

"Obviously she's proven that she's ready to play professional golf."

Ko, who briefly held the record as the youngest person to win a professional event after winning the NSW Women's Open last year, won the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur and finished as the low amateur in the U.S. Women's Open in the same year. She has also recorded several victories in her native New Zealand. She has forfeited almost $500,000 in winning to keep her amateur status.

Lydia Ko tees off during the second round of the ISPS Handa Australian Open. (Lukas Coch/EPA/LANDOV)
February 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Pebble Beach TV ratings reach 15-year high, spectator helps pro save strokes

Posted at 2:30 PM by Jillian Whalen

CBS reported having the highest ratings in 15 years during the final-round coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, according to Geoff Schackelford.

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM on Sunday, Feb. 12 (3:15-6:30 PM, ET), which saw Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods paired together with Mickelson firing a 64 to win his fourth Pebble Beach title, delivered the highest rating for the final round at Pebble Beach in 15 years (5.8/13; Feb. 2, 1997) with an average overnight household rating/share of 5.1/10, up 96% from last year’s 2.6/6 in the metered markets.

Unfortunately, what golf fans thought was going to be final-round coverage from Pebble was actually college basketball. CBS broadcasted the end of the Illinois and Michigan game before finally switching over to Pebble Beach. How did upset fans voice their anger for the delay? According to Golf Digest, Twitter was the medium. 

Onlooker speaks up

At this weekend's Women's Australian Open in Melbourne, a spectator from the crowd spoke up and saved Karrie Webb from making a big mistake. According to The Age, on the 13th green fellow opponent Yani Tseng asked Webb to move her marker one putter-head length to the side to clear her line. After Tseng putted, Webb went to move her marker back but in the wrong direction. She was about to pull the trigger when a man yelled: "Excuse me!"

''I just blanked it. I don't even remember moving it the other way, but I guess I moved it the other way. About 15 people standing on the other side of the hole (said). I was just about to pull the trigger and he spoke up. Which really caught me off-guard. In the end it saved a two-shot penalty. It was quite courageous of him, to speak up, and I'm thankful for it.''

Webb waltzed over to the man, a local club golfer, and handed him her golf ball after putting out. ''It saved me a couple of shots,'' she said later.

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April 04, 2009

Round 3 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship

Posted at 12:09 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Few players in the morning groups were under par today at the Kraft Nabisco, a day after strong winds sent scores soaring. No one did worse than Michelle Wie, who shot her second straight 81. If leaders Christina Kim and Kristy McPherson can't go low, it will bring a lot more players into the tournament. Check back later for a complete wrap-up and photos from today's action.

In progress: Round 3 scores | Recap | Photos

April 03, 2009

Round 2 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship

Posted at 12:56 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr have put themselves in contention heading into the weekend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lorena Ochoa is making a move today, while Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis have some work to do. Check back later for a complete wrap-up, photos and a preview of Saturday's action from SI's Alan Shipnuck.

In progress: Round 2 scores | Recap | Round 2 Preview | Photos

March 28, 2009

Angela Stanford poised to move on Saturday at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International

Posted at 8:39 AM by Alan Shipnuck

She’s at it again: Angela Stanford has been the hottest player in women’s golf going on six months now, and during the second round she fired a 67, the low round of the tournament so far. That propelled her into a tie for 6th, four back of In-Kyung Kim. I talked to Stanford after her round and she’s oozing confidence right now. I expect her to go deep again on Saturday and put herself in position to win her second tournament this year.

I will also be keeping an eye on Karrie Webb, who is tied for second after a smooth 68. Webb remains one of the premiere physical talents on the LPGA but the interest level of this Hall of Famer seems to come and go. I watched Webb play a couple of holes today and she’s pretty locked in, so she should be a big factor the rest of the way.

One player I won’t be watching is Michelle Wie. After a day of ragged ball-striking she barely made the cut, and barring a sixty-nothing tomorrow won’t factor in the outcome. Frankly, it will be a relief to do an LPGA story and not have to write about her.

Recap | Scores | Photos: Round 2 | Photos: Papago Golf Course

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