By Jeff Babineau
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Su Oh is off to a great start to the year. The 25-year-old from Australia captured the Fortinet WPGA Championship at Royal Queensland earlier this month, which earned her the first Karrie Webb Cup. Webb, also Australian, just happens to be her idol.
This week at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, Oh not only has continued her solid play to start 2022 (opening 69-70, tying her for 10th), but also got a chance to play alongside Webb, who, at 47, is playing in her first LPGA event since 2020. Webb, a 41-time LPGA winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member, started nicely, too, playing well enough to earn her way into the weekend. Webb shot 72 on Friday, and was at 1-under 143 through two rounds.
“I was like, ‘Did you pull some strings to play with me?’” Oh said.
After a great 20-plus years on the tour, Webb couldn’t even recall her practice routine when she showed up to play at Boca Rio, a course she’s never seen despite living not far from it.
“I was on the chipping green,” she said, “and I was like, ‘Oh, no, I normally putt first,’ Webb said. “I think coming out here this week, I guess it feels a lot like coming home. You had this life and this routine for over 20 years, 25 years, so you pick up where you left off pretty quickly. It feels comfortable, and it’s great to see a lot of friends that I haven’t seen for a long time and catch up with them. The banter back and forth, the caddies and some of the players, I do really miss that, so that’s been fun this week.”
Webb wasn’t able to make it to see Oh win at home in Australia. Oh had not won since 2015, but was inspired once the champion’s trophy became the Karrie Webb Cup.
“Once Karrie’s name was on it I was like, I really want to be first person to win it,” she said. “That’s pretty cool, because I’ll always be the first person to have won it.”
Two two promised to celebrate once they got together, and sure enough, Saturday looks to be the night.
“She actually told me she’s taking me out to dinner tomorrow night,” Webb said, “so I’ll have to find a nice place to get my reward.”
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