Monday, September 20

76 Wins and Still Counting for Laura Davies

LAURA DAVIES WON HER 76th career title on Sunday at the Spanish Women’s Open on the Ladies European Tour, edging Christina Kim (United States), Rebecca Hudson (England) and Frances Bonhad (Australia) by two strokes.

It was Davies’s fourth win this season. Her other 2010 victories came in New Zealand, Germany and Austria. I think we can all agree that Laura, 46, is very good at winning golf tournaments, whether or not she makes it into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Laura Davies’s career wins:
43 Ladies European Tour
20 LPGA
13 Other tours
76 professional wins

This one almost got away from Davies. In the final round, she made the turn in 32 and had a three-shot lead when she carded a dreaded snowman on the 13th hole. The quadruple-bogey eight was caused by a tee shot that veered left and crashed down on a steep rocky slope. The adventure continued. When Davies finally walked off the green she was tied at 10 under with England’s Lisa Hall. Then Laura played the closing five holes in 1-under par for the win.

By the way, Ms. Davies broke her own record as oldest winner (46 years, 11 months, 14 days) on the Ladies European Tour. I won’t be surprised when she breaks it again. Anybody want to predict her final win total?

−The Armchair Golfer

(Image: Keith Allison/Flickr)

5 comments :

Average Golfer said...

I love interviews with Ms Davies. Refreshing and funny. How many more til' she's in the HOF? She should be in on special exemption if she doesn't reach the number, although it probably wouldn't bother her much.

Dave White said...

Go Laura Davies, she can win many more titles:)

Golf Club said...

Laura Davies rocks....

The Armchair Golfer said...

AG: I haven't looked it up again, but I think she needs either two LPGA wins or one major. She could also be voted in through a special category. I have a hard time thinking she won't enter the Hall one way or another.

Patricia Hannigan said...

She's my fave. I really admire her attitude, not to mention her talent.

You're right, she needs two regular LPGA wins or one LPGA major win. She could either get in on a lifetime achievement basis now or as a veteran in the distant future (she'd have to be retired for five years for that to happen and hopefully she won't be retiring any time soon). The question is whether... in light of the increasingly global nature of golf, and the stellar fields now playing in LET, Asian, Australian Tour events... the points system shouldn't be reviewed. Frankly, I think it should, but I'm pretty sure the devine Ms. D will get in... on points... even if it isn't.