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In-form Laura Davies triumphs in Open de Espana

Open de Espana final leaderboard:
-11 L Davies (Eng) -9 C Kim (US), R Hudson (Eng), F Bondad (Aus) -8 F Parker (Eng), M Hernandez (Spa), R Hakkarinen (Fin), L Hall (Eng)


Laura Davies
Davies is enjoying one of the best seasons of her long career

Britain's Laura Davies shot a final round of 71 to win the Open de Espana and secure her 76th career title.

Davies finished at 11 under par to seal a two-stroke victory over compatriot Rebecca Hudson, Aussie Frances Bondad and Christina Kim of the United States.

The 46-year-old has also had wins this year in New Zealand, Germany and - most recently - in Austria two weeks ago.

Four-time major champion Davies is on course to top the European money list for an eighth time.

It was not all plain sailing on Sunday, however, as she carded a quadruple bogey eight at the 13th hole.

That left her tied for the lead with compatriot Lisa Hall on 10-under-par.

But unlike at the previous week's Open de France, where Davies was tied for the lead after 10 holes in the final round only to triple bogey the 11th and fall out of contention, she responded immediately with birdies at the 14th and 15th holes.

Hall, meanwhile, double bogeyed the 16th to drop back into a four-way tie for fifth.

Davies said: "I thought I'd blown it, because last week I had the triple bogey on number 11 and I did blow it, so it works on your mind a bit.

"It was nice to come straight back with those two birdies. It saved the day, I think."

It was Davies' 43rd European tour victory and she also has 20 wins on the LPGA Tour in America and 13 on other tours around the world.

At 46 years, 11 months, 14 days, she also broke her own record as the oldest winner in Ladies European Tour history.



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see also
England's Davies seals 75th title
05 Sep 10 |  Golf
Davies clinches German Open title
16 May 10 |  Golf
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