World Golf Hall of Fame member Carrie Webb is one of the most decorated players in women’s golf history, and she’s worried about where the game is headed.
On Wednesday’s “Golf Today” appearance, Webb was asked about the upheaval in the men’s game and whether she was concerned that the LPGA might take on the same.
“Yes, I am,” Webb said. “In the women’s game, it’s really difficult because obviously you want to have a lot of women to play the game, but as a woman I feel we have to stand up for all the women. And the treatment of women in Saudi, we shouldn’t support that.”
LIV Golf is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which has been controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, since 2015.
While LIV Golf dominated the headlines from the men’s side, it was mostly quiet with the LPGA and LET rounds.
The only real news of note was in late May when Greg Norman – chief executive of Saudi-backed LIV Golf – said LIV Golf had approached LPGA and LET with a “significant investment”, and that both rounds had turned down the offer.
The LPGA was quick to deny Norman’s claim, saying simply, “The LPGA Tour has not received an offer from LIV Golf.”
Webb grew up worshiping fellow Australian Norman, but after Norman shrugged off human rights atrocities in Saudi Arabia last month, Webb tweeted: “The little girl inside me died well and truly!!” When asked on “Golf Today” if she still feels that way, she replied, “She’s still healthy and really dead.”
Webb hopes that the women’s game will continue to make the LPGA founders proud.
“Meg Malone [18-time LPGA winner] Webb said it best at the start of the year. When our founders started this tour [LPGA]They refused to play for clubs that did not allow black or Hispanic players, needed to play every chance they could and still refuse to do so. So I feel when we say, “act like a founder,” we really need to take a page out of this book. “