Date: January 14, 2010
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Webb makes three year commitment

Golf Australia is pleased to announce that World Number 13 and seven-time Major winner Karrie Webb has committed to the HANDA Women’s Australian Open for the next three years. The four-time Women’s Australian Open champion will return to Melbourne in March in the hope of securing her fifth title at Commonwealth Golf Club on Melbourne s famous sand-belt. Webb said she was looking forward to another exciting week in Melbourne. The Handa Women’s Australian Open holds a very special place in my career and I m pleased to be able to commit to the championship for the next three years, Webb said. With a new sponsor, an outstanding field and Commonwealth Golf Club hosting a championship for the first time since 1967, our national women’s open has plenty of things to be excited about and I m looking forward to returning to Melbourne again in March. The World Golf Hall of Fame member last won the Women’s Australian Open in 2008 at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said he was delighted that Webb would return to the championship for the next three years. Karrie, through her record-breaking career, has made an enormous contribution to Australian golf and to raising the profile of women’s golf internationally, Pitt said. Naturally we re thrilled to have Karrie with us for the next three years, in a championship she has excelled in over the years. Not only is she a great champion, she is also an outstanding role-model for many of our aspiring young female golfers, Pitt said. Webb will be joined at Commonwealth Golf Club by defending champion Laura Davies. There is a lot for golf fans to look forward to at Commonwealth Golf Club and it is shaping up as a wonderful championship, Pitt said. The 2010 HANDA Women’s Australian Open will be played at The Commonwealth Golf Club from 11-14 March.