Davies in Good Shape Entering Sunday


Laura Davies took control Saturday at the Wegmans Rochester International, and is in great shape for her 20th career victory on the LPGA Tour.
The 37-year-old winner of four major championships shot a third round 69 to extend her lead to 11-under-par 205, a full five shots better than Brandie Burton (73) and Maria Hjorth, who carded 69 over the Locust Hill Country Club.
Through the sunny New York skies, Davies round was a model of consistency Saturday, as she carded three birdies against no bogies for the day. In fact, through 54 holes, the big-hitting Englishwoman has only made a total of two bogies.
Consistency was also the word off the tee for Davies, as her shots were almost exclusively played with long irons.
She managed to pull out the driver at the par-5 17th, and was able to reach the green in two for the second day in a row.
As a result, she left with birdie for the second day in a row.
On her heels is Hjorth, who like Davies is looking for her first win of the 2001 season. She has come close on more than one occasion, finishing second at the LPGA Corning Classic and third at the LPGA Champions Classic.
On Saturday, Hjorth missed out on a very good score, as bogeys at Nos. 5 and 6 offset five birdies.
Yet, she will get her chance on Sunday, as she will play in the final group with Davies and Burton.
Should Davies hold onto her lead and win Sunday, it will mark her first triumph on the womens tour since the Philips Invitational of May last year.
Full-field scores from the Wegman's Rochester International