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Sunday, August 8, 1999 Published at 21:16 GMT 22:16 UK


Davies takes dramatic finale

Laura Davies: Top of the European money earners' table

Laura Davies has triumphed over Sweden's Maria Hjorth in a dramatic play-off to win the WPGA Championship of Europe at Gleneagles.

Davies parred on the second play-off hole of the King's course to lay claim to the £45,000 prize money as Hjorth bogeyed on the same hole after a wayward drive from the tee.

The British player had gone into the final day five-strokes off the lead and needed a birdie on the 18th - which she duly produced - to draw level with Hjorth on eight under and 280 for the tournament.

'Horrible day'

"This is terrific," said Davies, who now has 56 career wins and goes to the top of the European table with £144,115 from four competitions.

Scotland's Janice Moodie, 26, shot a 72 for third place after her father had suffered a stroke overnight and shared third overall.

"I know he was watching on TV and I hope I made him proud," she said .

Displaced European money leader Catrin Nilsmark played a Jean van de Velde-like final round to go six clear only to drop seven shots in the last six holes for an 80.

"It was a horrible day when nothing went right," she said.

Defending champion Catriona Matthew slumped out of the reckoning with a tournament total 287 for joint sixth overall.

Collated scores

Final scores and totals from the McDonald's WPGA Championship of Europe, King's course, Gleneagles
Gbr and Irl unless stated


280 - Laura Davies 70 69 69 72, Maria Hjorth (Swe) 69 70 72 69 (Davies won play-off on second extra hole)
281 - Janice Moodie 69 68 73 71, Alison Nicholas 70 76 64 71 282 - Trish Johnson 70 70 73 69
283 - Catrin Nilsmark (Swe) 68 68 67 80
285 - Valerie Van Ryckeghem (Bel) 74 67 71 73, Mhairi McKay 70 67 74 74
286 - Caroline Hall 72 70 72 72, Raquel Carriedo (Spa) 70 72 72 72, Julie Forbes 73 71 70 72
287 - Catriona Matthew 71 74 68 74, Sofia Gronberg Whitmore (Swe) 74 69 68 76
288 - Helen Dobson 69 71 76 72, Dale Reid 73 71 72 72, Iben Tinning (Den) 75 70 70 73, Karen Pearce (Aus) 71 71 72 74, Suzanne Strudwick 72 71 70 75, Tina Fischer (Ger) 69 68 73 78 Others
289 - S Waugh (Aus) 73 70 74 72, C Louw (Rsa) 74 71 70 74, M McGuire (Nzl) 72 67 74 76, C Sorenstam (Swe) 71 69 72 77
290 - F Pike (Aus) 73 70 75 72, A-M Knight (Aus) 73 71 68 78
292 - J van Hagen (Ned) 70 76 73 73, D Barnard 70 73 73 72
293 - K Taylor 71 73 74 75, B Pestana (Rsa) 71 73 73 76, J Morley 70 72 73 78, S Eklund (Swe) 68 70 76 79
294 - L Fairclough 72 75 73 74, K Marshall 73 74 72 75, P Meunier Lebouc (Fra) 73 75 71 75, S Elliott 73 72 73 76, M Arruti (Spa) 70 74 73 77
295 - K Poppmeier (Aut) 73 71 77 74, F Dassu (Ita) 71 73 74 77, J Head 7572 70 78
296 - P Sterner (Swe) 76 70 73 77, C Dibnah (Aus) 75 73 71 76, N Moult 71 76 71 78
297 - N Karlsson (Swe) 77 71 71 78
298 - L Lambert (Aus) 77 69 78 74, A Berg (Swe) 74 71 76 77, A Sanchez (Spa) 75 70 75 78, A Gottmo (Swe) 75 72 72 79, R Hakkarainen (Fin) 71 74 73 80
299 - L Brooky (Nzl) 72 70 76 81, A Munt (Aus) 72 69 73 85
300 - S Eriksson (Swe) 71 74 76 79
301 - S Forster 74 73 75 79
302 - A Gray 77 71 78 76, E Fields 75 72 74 81
303 - S Gustafson (Swe) 73 72 84 74, M Murray 73 73 78 79
304 - E Steen (Swe) 73 73 78 80, E Knuth (Spa) 76 72 74 82
306 - M de Boer (Ned) 73 72 81 80
308 - L Navarro (Spa) 72 76 74 76




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