Who are Australia’s best female golfers?

Karrie Webb

Which Aussie golfer can play a golf shot from an escalator?

Last week we took a look at the best Australian golfers right now with an eye on the Presidents Cup later this year. But with the Handa Women’s Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters scheduled for the coming weeks, who are Australia’s best female golfers?
Karrie Webb once ruled world golf for many years and is arguably Australia’s greatest ever golfer. There are a few other Australian women now challenging her for the title of Australia’s best female golfer with four more in the world’s top 100 golfers according to the Rolex Rankings. Let’s take a look at who they are according to the rankings right now and see which one of them can play a shot from an escalator.

Karrie Webb

1. Karrie Webb (World Rolex Ranking, 16)

Karrie Webb doesn’t really need introducing if you know anything about golf. She has won 50 professional tournaments between 1995 and 2009 including seven major titles and was awarded an Order of Australia last year for her service to golf. One may be tempted to say her career in on the wane but I wouldn’t rule out Webb winning many more golf tournaments. She will always be regarded as one of Australia’s best ever golfers but right now there are a few other golfers looking to overtake her current ranking. Karrie Webb official website

Katherine Hull

2. Katherine Hull (19)

Katherine Hull debuted on the US LPGA Tour in 2003 but only burst to international attention with an amazing 2008 grabbing her first victory and earning over US$1million. The 27 year old Queenslander struggled for consistency in 2009/10 but a really solid finish to 2010 has her all set for a big year. Watch her win more tournaments this year and crack the world’s top 10 over the next 12 months.



Nikki Campbell3. Nikki Campbell (47)

Nikki Campbell plies her trade on the Japanese Tour (JLPGA) where she has been extremely successful. She has had two wins on tour and finished last season in 13th spot earning over AU$600,000 which included four second place finishes! Her brother also plays on the Japanese Tour and there are always rumours she’ll play more on the US LPGA Tour. Time will tell.

Lindsey Wright4. Lindsey Wright (65)

Lindsey Wright carried the US Flag at the opening ceremony of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne. She has still yet to crack a big tournament on the LPGA Tour but as one of the few professional golfers with three kids on the go, I’m surprised she can even get to the big tournaments! Wright did not perform as well last year as she did in 2009 but a top-5 finish late last year should bounce her back into 2011. Lindsey Wright official website

Tamie Durdin5. Tamie Durdin (82)

Tamie Durdin held both a US and Japanese LPGA Tour card in 2010 but opted to play in Japan to make sure she held on to her Japanese card for 2011. An article by The Age’s Mark Hayes this week gives you a great idea of the sort of golfing talent Durdin is. Webb described Durdin as having “more talent in her little toe than 90 per cent of the field” and Laura Davies said she has the best swing in golf. Born in Adelaide I’m not really surprised, but if she can hit golf balls off an escalator (see video below) Durdin does need to prove anything to anybody.

The rest of the top 10:

6. Sarah Jane Smith (141)
7. Kristie Smith (144)
8. Sarah Kemp (166)
9. Karen Lunn (175)
10. Nikki Garrett (203)

2 thoughts on “Who are Australia’s best female golfers?

  • February 2, 2011 at 02:13
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    I think Kristie Smith will top that list one day.
    Dave Andrews

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  • February 4, 2011 at 17:03
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    Stephanie Na and Kate Combes can’t be too far behind Nikki.

    There are some great young Aussies joining the pro tours this year as well, including Stacey Keating and Corie Hou. Can’t wait to see what they will do.

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