Davies interested in Euro Solheim Cup captaincy


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Laura Davies’ long Solheim Cup run may be nearing an end as a player, but for the first time she’s opening the door to the possibility she might captain a future team.

Davies has stated in strong terms in the past that she isn’t interested in being a captain, but she told GolfChannel.com Wednesday that there’s an exception out there that does interest her.

“I find it incredible the Solheim Cup has never been played in England,” Davies said. “There have been more players from England on the European team than any country except perhaps Sweden. So if they ever bring a Solheim Cup to England, I would consider it, if they would have me.”

If they would have her?

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Davies, 49, is the most decorated player in Solheim Cup history. She is the only player who has competed in every staging of the event, all 12 Solheim Cups. She has the Solheim Cup record for most matches played (46), most points (25) and most matches won (22, tied with Annika Sorenstam).

This year’s Solheim Cup will be played at Colorado Golf Club Aug. 14-16. The 2015 Solheim Cup will be played at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Heidelberg, Germany. The next Solheim Cup in Europe would be 2019. That site has yet to be named.

As a player, Davies needs a strong performance at this week’s Women’s British Open to make an impression on European captain Liselotte Neumann, given Davies is so far down on the Euro Solheim Cup points and rankings list.

“I’m only worrying about the British Open,” Davies said. “If I play well, maybe Lotte looks at me favorably. If I don’t, maybe she still looks at me favorably.

“If I don’t get on the team, it will be disappointing, but I will only have myself to blame.”