Jim Tucker, CourierMail
While Woods has been forced to pull out of next week’s Masters and is facing back surgery, Australia’s female flag-bearer is in red hot form at 39 thanks to an unsung osteopath who has travelled the world with her since 2012.
“He puts me back together every tournament,’’ Webb said. “He works on the sore hips, the weakness in the pelvis and the regular aches and pains.
“What has unfortunately happened to Tiger with injuries is what I’m trying to prevent and, of course, I’m not swinging it at his speed.’’
Webb revealed her left leg is slightly shorter than her right so the pressures that would be put on the synchronicity of the body over a 20-year career are obvious.
Webb and Korean star So Yeon Ryu are part of a coalition of five top female golfers who pay for Victorian osteopath Adam Olarenshaw to fly around the globe to iron out their body kinks.
“If the body is fresh, the mind is fresh,” said Webb, who is a year older than Woods.
“Adam has been really important over the past two and a bit years. I just don’t listen to his AFL talk. I’m a league fan, Origin and the North Queensland Cowboys.’’
It’s why the world No.5 is in such a good place to challenge, from tomorrow in California, for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the major she won in 2000 and 2006.
Her recent Founders Cup win in Phoenix after a stellar final-round 63 has thrown down the gauntlet to teen starlets Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson and the 20-somethings.
“I’ve probably given the young ones something to think about and added to the respect for older players,” Webb said.
“When people express wonder that I’m winning at 39 like it’s never been done I remind them that Meg Mallon and Juli Inkster won majors in their 40s.’’
That hunger to be in the contest, to be in contention, is still what excites Webb.
“They are the feelings that continue to drive me to work hard,’’ she said.
“I understand my game more than I ever have. I understand on any given day what I’ve got for that day. That allows me to understand how to score.’’