Webb set to captain Australia’s golf team at 2024 Olympics

March 25, 2022 GMT
FILE - Karrie Webb of Australia, watches her shot ion the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, on
May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Seven-time LPGA major winner Webb has been nominated, Friday March 24, 2022, to captain Australia's golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - Karrie Webb of Australia, watches her shot ion the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, on
May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Seven-time LPGA major winner Webb has been nominated, Friday March 24, 2022, to captain Australia's golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
FILE - Karrie Webb of Australia, watches her shot ion the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, on
May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Seven-time LPGA major winner Webb has been nominated, Friday March 24, 2022, to captain Australia's golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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FILE - Karrie Webb of Australia, watches her shot ion the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, on May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Seven-time LPGA major winner Webb has been nominated, Friday March 24, 2022, to captain Australia's golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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FILE - Karrie Webb of Australia, watches her shot ion the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, on May 30, 2019, in Charleston, S.C. Seven-time LPGA major winner Webb has been nominated, Friday March 24, 2022, to captain Australia's golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time LPGA major winner Karrie Webb has been nominated to captain Australia’s golfers at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Golf Australia said Friday that Webb would replace 1991 British Open winner Ian-Baker Finch, who captained Australia at the sport’s inaugural appearance at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and again at Tokyo 2020.

Webb’s name will be put forward to the Australian Olympic Committee for approval.

Webb narrowly missed selection as a player in 2016 and she was playing a limited schedule ahead of qualifying events for Tokyo.

The former world No. 1 will be a non-playing team captain with the likes of two-time Olympian and world No. 4 Minjee Lee and also Cameron Smith, who recently won the Players Championship, among those in contention for the Paris Games for Australia.

Smith and six-time PGA tour winner Marc Leishman both played in Tokyo while Lee and fellow major champion Hannah Green were Australia’s female representatives.

“If the Aussies are playing well in the lead-up to Paris we will feel pretty good going in there and that we have a good chance of a medal,” Webb said Friday.

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