Laura Davies wins Australian Open

Laura Davies told organisers of the New Zealand Open to give her pay cheque to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Some may say good karma came back to her today when she won her second Australian Open title in tough circumstances.

She had one hand on the trophy when she eagled 14 but Aussie Golfer thought her birdie on 15 was even more impressive. The pitch to a metre to set up the putt was superb and something we should all aim to emulate. After bogey’s on 16 and 18 it appeared she’d blown it as young Spaniard Tania Elosegui needed only a par on the last to ensure victory but a wayward second into a greenside bunker, an average shot out and three putts handed the title to Davies.

Laura Davies has won four majors, her last in 1996 and she finished 95th on the LPGA money list last year, her worst since 1988. One might be forgiven for thinking she was on her way out of the game and set to take her place in the commentary box. Not so. Davies still believes she can regain her form to step back into the world’s Top 10. Today’s win is a nice step along the way.

P.S. Nice to see Jan Stephenson in the commentary box on the ABC coverage on the weekend!

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