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Davies Wins 66th Title in Sydney

Evian Ladies European TourSYDNEY, Australia -- Englands Laura Davies returned to Concord GC on Monday morning and quickly went about her business, eventually cruising to victory in the AAMI Womens Australian Open, winning by six shots over Australian Rachel Teske to claim her 66th career title in a 19-year-career. Davies 5-under par total was the only score in red figures.
With the third round delayed by over five hours due to torrential rain flooding the course, play stopped after the final group completed 12 holes on Sunday night. Davies, who led by three, came out at 7:20 a.m. firing on all cylinders and rapidly opened a five shot lead over Teske.
Teske dropped a shot at the 13th and Davies birdied the 14th and when Teske bogeyed the 15th, Davies added another birdie at the 17th and cruised home for her first Australian Womens Open title, continuing her run of at least one win in each year of her career.
I didnt feel too comfortable this morning, but I came out and the first couple of holes went my way, said the 40-year-old from Ottershaw in Surrey, who can now add the Australian title to her British, U.S., Thai, Danish, Italian, Belgian, Swiss, Scottish, Welsh, Spanish and Irish Open titles.
I played really well all week, but it was a long slog and coming out this morning, I felt I was playing well enough to hold out.
This is a tournament I rank very highly and hopefully it will be the start of a fun year. It was good to get the victory this year out of the way early, especially against such a good field and keep my run going.
Its nice to know that when I play my best, I can still win.
Davies compatriot and former Solheim Cup partner Trish Johnson also returned to top form with a gritty performance over four rounds to take outright third spot on 3-over par.
Finally I played the last four holes in something better than 3 or 4-over par, said Johnson, who got into contention for her 17th worldwide win on Saturday afternoon, only to finish with a couple of bogeys and a double bogey at the last hole.
I hit a lot of good shots this weekand few bad ones, but I feel good about my game, especially my short game.
Johnson finished two shots clear of Australian Michelle Ellis and Germanys Martina Eberl and a shot further back on 6-over par were Englands Johanna Head, who carded a final round 69, Denmarks Carina Wagner, who had a 70 and former World No.1 Karrie Webb who had a 73.
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