Davies wins New Zealand Open for 73rd title


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Laura Davies won the New Zealand Women’s Open for her 73rd worldwide title, shooting a 4-under 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over three players.

The 46-year-old Davies had a 9-under 279 total on the Pegasus Golf Club course in the event sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf.

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg (63), Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord (68) and Australia’s Sarah Kemp (71) tied for second.

France’s Gwladys Nocera (67) and England’s Georgina Simpson (69) followed at 5 under, and Canada’s Lorie Kane (71) topped a group at 4 under.