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Laura Davies posts best finish since 2007 at Founders Cup

The 54-year-old ended the tournament tied for second place.

England’s Laura Davies recorded her best finish since 2007 as she held on to tie for second at the Founders Cup.

The 54-year-old, who is in her 32nd year of the LPGA Tour, carded a final round of three-under 69 to give her a total of 14 under par for the tournament.

It left her five shots behind winner Inbee Park, but tied for the number two spot alongside America’s Marina Alex and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.

Davies, who had not posted a top-10 finish since 2014, started round four well in the mix, having recorded a spectacular nine-under 63 in the previous round.

A bogey on the opening hole saw hopes of a strong finish take a knock, but she quickly cancelled it out with an eagle on hole two.

Back-to-back birdies on the ninth and tenth kept her within the chasing pack.

Speaking to the LPGA Tour website, Davies described the result as “amazing” – especially following a disappointing opening round in which she finished on one over par.

“This is incredible, really,” she said. “I was four-over after six (holes) and now I’ve finished tied second.

“I know I’ve been playing really well and I haven’t had the results to reflect that. I’m just delighted the way the week has turned out.”

Had she won the tournament – which would have been her first LPGA win since 2001 – Davies would have become the oldest champion in the organisation’s history.

But she has no plans to let the chance of claiming that record go just yet, joking: “Now people might stop asking me when I’m going to retire – that’s the best thing about it.

“I can just tell them I finished second last week.

“I can just go and play and see if I can get a few more top 10 finishes this year, because the more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again.

“Today was close and maybe one day I can go closer.”

She added: “At 54 I still feel like I can hit the ball as well as most of the really good players out here.”

South Korea’s Park, meanwhile, claimed her 19th LPGA Tour victory in Arizona.

The 29-year-old carded a final round of five-under 67, reeling off birdies on the first, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th.


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