Davies, 49, motivated to make Solheim Cup team


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – They’ve never staged a Solheim Cup without Laura Davies.

She is fighting now to make sure she doesn’t miss her first when the Europeans meet the Americans again Aug. 16-18 at the Colorado Golf Club.

Davies holds Solheim Cup records for most events played (12), most points won (25), most matches played (46), and she shares the record for most Solheim Cup match victories (22) with Annika Sorenstam.

At 49, though, Davies is in a hole trying to qualify for the European team, but she remains highly motivated to do so. It showed in Friday’s start of the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

With a 1-under-par 71, Davies was tied for fifth when she signed her scorecard at the end of the morning wave’s finish at Locust Hill Country Club.

“I really do want to make it, but I need more points,” Davis said.

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Davies is just 19th on the European Solheim Cup points list. She needs to be among the top four to make the team on points by the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She’s 21st on the European Solheim Cup world rankings list, and she would need to be among the top four to qualify through that list.

Euro captain Liselotte Neumann gets four captain’s picks, but Davies doesn’t want it to come down to that.

“If I don’t get in, and she doesn’t pick me, I can assure you there will be no hard feelings,” Davies said. “If you play a lot in Europe like I’ve been doing, you should be able to play your way in.

“It’s still there for me to do, if I’m good enough. That’s always the thing. If you’re good enough, you’ll do it. If you’re not, you’ll talk about it.”

There are extra European Solheim Cup points available in a major here at Wegmans this week. A victory could bump Davies into the top four in points. So could a second-place finish.

This is one of four events left for Davies to qualify. She will skip the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in two weeks to return to Europe to play the LET’s Allianz Ladies Slovak Open in Slovakia. She hasn't qualified for the U.S. Women's Open but plans to play the European Ladies Masters in July and the Ricoh Women’s British Open the first week of August.

How much does Davies relish the Solheim Cup?

“It’s my favorite event,” Davies said. “It’s the one time I feel like we get the coverage the men get. We are actually the big tournament that week, and that doesn’t happen that often, so it’s nice.”