Australia's most successful major winner Karrie Webb is comfortable with the decision to scale back her playing career.
Just don't make the mistake of calling her a ceremonial golfer.
As ever, the 44-year-old winner of seven major titles will be one of the major drawcards when she tees it up at 13th Beach on Thursday in the opening round of the women's Vic Open, which this year is part of the LPGA tour for the first time.
Webb's most recent tournament was at the British Open in August, after which she returned home to Australia to spend more time with her family and on course design.
"The commitment to play professional golf is 365 days and it's non-stop," said the Queenslander.
"When you're a young kid it's not a sacrifice, you choose golf every single time.
"And I was still choosing golf, but I didn't like that I was choosing golf over some life events."
She still plans to play roughly 10 LPGA tournaments this year - much the same as 2018 - beginning with the Vic Open and next week's Australian Women's Open in Adelaide.
The Vic Open was only added to the LPGA schedule in October, too late for many of the biggest names to include it on their 2019 schedule.
Defending champion Minjee Lee is the only player in the top 10 on the LPGA priority list at 13th Beach this year, although English duo Charley Hull and Georgia Hall are inside the top 21.
The field also includes 30 members of the Ladies European Tour, even though the Vic Open is no longer co-sanctioned by the LET.
The winner pockets $225,000, along with the life-changing prospect of exemption on the LPGA tour for the remainder of 2019 and 2020.
"It's fantastic that we've got back-to-back LPGA events," said Webb.
"Even for the younger kids that aren't playing this week, it's something to aspire to.
"It's going to be on TV for two weeks straight, which we haven't had for quite a few years.
"We've got a lot more competition in Australia in the women's sporting market now and we need to be as visible as the other women's sporting events."
World No.7 Lee is the hot favourite to win a third Vic Open title in the space of six years, but Webb is not dismissing her chances either.
"I don't view myself as a ceremonial golfer and I'm not here just so everyone can say 'it's so great to see you'," she said.
"I actually want to play and think I have a chance to do well in the events that I play in."
Australian Associated Press