Davies Takes Temporary Control


Laura Davies may be coming back into her form-of-old this week at the Wegmans Rochester International ' the form, that is, that has seen the big Englishwoman take 19 career titles on the LPGA Tour, four of which were majors.
Davies, who has missed five cuts in 10 events this year, shot her second consecutive round of 4-under 68 at the Locust Hill Country Club, elevating her 36-hole score to 8-under-par 136, one shot better than Brandie Burton (69), and five better than four others at minus-three.
She seems to miss being on top of a leaderboard.
It used to be very nice when I was one of the top players, the 37-year-old remembered.
I used to be called in for pre-tournament press conferences, not that we want to do them, but it means youre a top player. At the moment, Im not though, and its embarrassing to be honest.

Hard to say yet, but Davies may just be putting an end to that embarrassment this week.
Friday at Locust Hill, she got off to a bit of a shaky start, making bogey at the second hole, but then kicked it in thereafter, knocking off five unanswered birdies over the rest of her round.
Im putting really well, she commented of her game. I made a couple of long putts and did good to two-putt a lot of tough greens. Ive just been hitting fairways and greens and making some putts.
She is also swinging her driver again, something she has not been doing since her last win at last seasons Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick.
On 17 I hit a good drive today and had a 4-iron into the hole, she said.
That hole would account for one of her birdies on the day. Of course, when you can hit a 275-yard drive into the wind at Locust Hills par-5 17th, you can get home in two with a 4-iron. Then you can make your birdies.
But Davies isnt too overly-emphatic just yet. She is still adjusting to getting back into the swing of things.
And, truth be told, she is not quite the confident Laura Davies that she used to be.
My problem is that I stand on the tee and look at trouble instead of look at the middle of the fairway, she admitted. So, Im not expecting too much this weekend because I know what Im thinking and where Im looking.
Maybe she will start thinking and looking in different places.
In the meantime, she had better not get too down on herself, for Burton is right on her heels. And Burton is feeling rather good about her game.
We are only half way through and there is still a lot good golf to be played, she commented following her round. It is always nice to backup a good first round with another good round on Friday. After about the third hole out there I was able to get the putter going and the ball was rolling well.
Should she continue to roll the ball well, she may just take her first tournament on the tour since her last at the 98 du Maurier Classic.
Among the group at 3-under is Danielle Ammaccapane, who has already cashed-in three top-10s for 2001.
Defending champion Meg Mallon had a relatively disappointing second round. After opening with a 3-under 69, she could do no better than 74 on Friday. She sits in a tie for 11th.
Full-field scores from the Wegman's Rochester International