The One and Only Laura Davies

By Jay CoffinAugust 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Solheim CupSUGAR GROVE, Ill. ' In todays golf world, where many players seem to have a different coach for every aspect of their game, perhaps Laura Davies has found the magic formula for success.
 
I don't practice as much as the rest, it's as simple as that, Davies said Wednesday at her beloved Solheim Cup. They're all out there again today smashing golf balls and I've been doing my laundry and got some things for the team room. It's been a nice afternoon.
 
I genuinely believe that's why I'm here longer than most, because I don't play golf 24 hours a day.
 
Laura Davies at the Solheim Cup
Laura Davies practices ' a little ' Wednesday at Rich Harvest Farms. (Getty Images)
This marks the 11th playing of this biennial event between the U.S. and Europe . Its the 11th time Davies will play.
 
When you watch Davies stroll the fairways this week at Rich Harvest Farms, take time to appreciate what she has brought to this competition. Theres never been another like her. There never will be again.
 
Davis talked Wednesday about how shes unpleasantly aware of the Americans 7-3 overall record against Europe in these matches and that the Europeans have never won the Cup on U.S. soil. Its a fact that has gnawed at Davies for the better part of two decades.
 
Id love to play in at least four more and try and make it 7-all, Davies said without a hint of jest. That would be my dream, and obviously that would constitute a couple of wins in America , which is the ultimate as far as Im concerned. If we dont do it in my time playing in the Solheim then it would be a huge hole in my career.
 
Although the long-hitting Englishwoman says shed like to play in four more ' which would put the 45-year-old well into her mid-50s ' reality is this is probably her last Solheim Cup. She struggled to make the team on points and even added another Ladies European Tour event late this summer that helped her just sneak into the top-nine automatic qualifiers.
 
Davis says that her poor form from earlier this summer is gone and that shes hitting the ball well again. Its difficult to figure out if thats truth or just a tactic being used by a wily veteran. Still, experience that shes gained from playing in 41 total Solheim Cup matches and a total record of 21-16-4 will do nothing but help a European team that is considered one of the biggest underdogs in the history of this event.
 
Shes all about what the whole tournaments about, said Becky Brewerton. The way she plays, especially in match play, with an aggressive game. Theres so many Solheim Cup moments and so many of the best tournaments that I remember watching on TV and playing that seem to have had her involved from some point.
 
Brewerton, from Wales , was a European rookie in 2007 at Halmsted, Sweden and Davies took the young rookie under her wing. They played practice rounds together and captain Helen Alfredsson paired them together twice, once for fourballs and once for foursomes. They won one, lost one.
 
For me it was unbelievable, my first Solheim, and if I could have had any dream, it would have been to have played with Laura, said Brewerton, a captains pick here this year. To get to play with her in the first one was fantastic.
 
Whatever happens this week for Europe, Davies is sure to be part of the story, just as she has been so many times before.
 
If this is her last Cup as a player, Davies said she has no designs of being a captain. In fact, she says that every time her name has been mentioned by Solheim officials as a future captain, shes squashed the idea. She doesnt believe she has the patience, devotion or motivation to take on the role.
 
Im just not the person to stand up in front of a room of people and try and cheer them all up, Davies said. Thats just never been my way, and I think as a captain, you have to command the audience.
 
I love playing, thats what I do. Id love to be a vice captain maybe and sort of loiter in the background if I cant play anymore, but no, [being captain] is not something I fancy.
 
Itd be a shame if Europe s greatest player (not named Annika Sorenstam) never called the shots for what she considers the grandest event in womens golf.
 
But if thats the case, its her decision. Davies has always done things her way.
 
No way shed stop now.
 
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.