Three months after winning the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open by 10 strokes, England’s Laura Davies authored another virtuoso performance in a senior major, this time going wire-to-wire in a three-stroke victory in the second Senior LPGA Championship on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.
The World Golf Hall of Famer opened with a 4-under-par 68 and followed that effort with consecutive rounds of 2-under 70. Her total of 8-under 208 doubled up the 4-under totals of Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson and Italy’s Silvia Cavallieri.
“It’s a golf course I didn’t think I would win on because it isn’t my kind of golf course,” Davies said. “It’s a big win for me, it really is.”
It comes as little surprise that Davies, a 20-time LPGA Tour winner who is still an active member of the circuit, has enjoyed success in senior golf. She finished tied for third in the Senior LPGA a year ago but figured out a way to reach the top this time around.
The conditions ranged from cold to bitterly cold during the week in southern Indiana, but Davies remained consistent on the tricky layout. She received some pressure from Alfredsson in the final round as the two were separated by one stroke heading to the par-4 11th – despite a bogey from Davies, Alfredsson made double to fall to 4-under. Davies birdied the par-5 14th coming in to give herself a nice cushion before an exclamation point on the closing hole.
“The birdie on No. 14 kind of relaxed me a little bit,” Davies said. “It’s a kind of course you never feel comfortable on.”
A long hitter off the tee, Davies took advantage of par 5s during the three rounds by going 5-under. That included a key eagle on the 7th hole during the first round.
Behind runner-ups Alfredsson and Cavallieri, Americans Michele Redman (1-under 215) and Brandie Burton (1-over 217) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. England’s Trish Johnson, the defending champion, finished alone in sixth.
The Solheim Cup captains from a year ago also had strong showings as Catriona Matthew (T7) and Juli Inkster (T12) did well in the 80-player field.