Davies Collects Much-Overdue Win


Laura Davies smiled after making double-bogey on her last hole of the day at the Locust Hill Country Club.
Nevermind the score, she had plenty of reasons to be happy ' Davies had just won for the first time since May of last year.
Double-bogies notwithstanding, the big Englishwoman carded a round of 74 Sunday to end on 9-under-par 279, three shots better than anyone at the Wegmans Rochester International.
Its massive, Davies said of her accomplishment. To finish off the week the same way I started is just fantastic.
Fantastic might be an understatement for Davies. It was but two days ago that the 37-year-old had absolutely no confidence whatsoever. She was a wreck, a headcase, as she put it. Im not expecting too much this weekend because I know what Im thinking, she had claimed.
That wasnt necessarily apparent on Sunday at Locust Hill. While her score of 74 wasnt her all-time best, Davies seemed to have fun around the golf course, something that she has not been doing recently.
After going out in 1-under 34, she struggled coming home, making ' in addition to the double at the last ' a bogey at No. 16.
Yet, you never would have known it watching her toss her ball into the gallery at days end.
It feels great, she said of getting back into the spotlight.
Davies last win on the LPGA Tour came at last years Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick. Since, her struggles on the golf course have been well-documented. This year alone, she had missed five cuts in the ten events which she had entered.
Not any more, however. With her win this week, Davies pockets $150,000. The title serves as her 20th on the LPGA Tour, four of which have come as majors. In addition, the last time she had put three rounds in the 60s together (she opened in 68-68-69), was that same Philips Invitational that she won.
Others who finished well this week were Wendy Ward (67) and Maria Hjorth (72), who shared second place at 6-under-par. Brandie Burton (73) ended at minus-five, while Kelli Kuehne (72) was part of a five-way tie for fifth at 4-under.
Full-field scores from the Wegman's Rochester International