Webb returns for Vic Open

Karrie Webb at last year's Vic Open. (Ivan Kemp) 319279_31

Australian golf legend Karrie Webb will end a 12-month tournament hiatus when she returns to 13th Beach for the Victorian Open next week.

Webb’s last tournament was at the same event last year, where she took a share of 17th place.

But the 49-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer will be looking to take out her 14th win on the WPGA Australasian tour when the Vic Open kicks off on February 1.

“Although I don’t play competitively as often these days, I’m keen to do a little bit more this year if everything falls into place,” Webb said.

“I think I still have the ability to compete if my game is at its best. I’ve been working hard on getting ready for the challenge that 13th Beach provides and look forward to seeing everyone in February.”

To claim the title, Webb will have to overcome former world number one Jiyai Shin, who returns to defend her five-stroke victory in 2023.

The competitive field also includes 2022 Melbourne International champion Karis Davidson, American Jenny Chang and Japanese JPGA Tour member Shina Kanazawa.

The men’s side of the draw, 2023 champion Michael Hendry (NZ) returns to defend his title against a field that includes reigning New Zealand Open champion Brendan Jones, 2022 Australian PGA champion Jed Morgan and long-time European tour members Brett Rumford and Richard Green.

13th Beach Golf Club will host men and women competing for equal prizemoney on the same courses at the same time, with $420,000 on offer for each event.