“Dame Laura Davies on the tee.” How does that sound for a bit of one-upmanship?
Davies, now 50, was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which were released Friday night.
“It really is the greatest honour I have ever received – and what makes it even more special is that it is an honour that transcends golf,” said one of the game’s greatest characters.
Just about the first question Davies had to field was whether she now will be “too posh” to play football. The reply was in the negative.
All of which was in keeping with the answer she supplied when, last week, The Post asked what she would do if she could have back all the hours she has lost in spending 30 years flying around the world.
“I’d play football and I’d watch it,” she said.
No one has done more than Davies to bring women’s golf in the UK to life. She has oodles of raw talent, she hits the ball a country mile – and she makes the game look fun.
She was the first British player to make off with an American major, with the major in question the 1987 U.S. Open at Plainfield which she won on a playoff from Ayako Okamoto and the legendary JoAnne Carner.
It was at the par-5 17th in the playoff that Davies, who at that point had no need to take risks, went for the wickedly well-bunkered green with her second.
Carner could not believe what she was seeing.
“Why?” she called across to Davies, who was still waiting for the cheers that would confirm that the shot had been a success.
“No brains,” returned Davies, cheerfully.
The Englishwoman often has been quizzed on whether she could have won still more than her four majors and her 80-plus tournaments overall had she spent more time on the practice range.
Here, she merely points to how the more dedicated practisers – Tiger Woods for one – spend half their time injured. She herself has had no problems in that direction.
Davies, who played in 12 of the first 13 Solheim Cups, was hugely proud to qualify for this year’s U.S. Open where she still sees herself as having half a chance.
In July, she will play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale, the course where she won the championship way back in 1986. That week, she was trailing Peggy Conley by three shots going into the last round before overtaking the American with a birdie at the short seventh.
She might not win again but, whatever she does, the big-hitting Dame Laura Davies should continue to have a bit of clout.