Dame Laura Davies may have narrowly missed out on making history on Sunday but she pulled off a performance that few will forget with a remarkable 2nd place finish at the LPGA Founders Cup.
The 54-year-old was gunning to become the oldest ever player to win an LPGA Tour event, but despite firing a three-under-par 69 was unable to keep up will an infallible Inbee Park who ripped off four bogeys in a row on the back nine to earn her first win since returning from a long lay-off with injury.
While many had long written off Davies as a serious contender on the LPGA Tour, there was one person whose belief in her ability has remained steadfast, Laura herself.
With four bogeys in the first six holes on Thursday, it looked like it may well be another missed cut for the Englishwoman, who has racked up 20 LPGA wins; four majors championships and 84 wins worldwide throughout her illustrious career.
What few could have predicted was a sensational 63 on Saturday which put her in contention for her first LPGA win since 2001.
Had she pulled it off she would have become the oldest tour winner – by 8 years.
She is determined to get the two points she needs to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, a feat she would have easily accomplished if she hadn’t played the LET and LPGA tours full-time.
“It would have been huge,” Davies said about a victory in Phoenix.
“I knew what the record was and that I hadn’t won in who knows how long. It was as nervous as I’ve ever felt,” she said about her feelings on No. 1. “I almost shanked my drive and made bogey but then I chipped in for eagle on No. 2 and that calmed me down. I was four over after six holes on Thursday so I’m quite pleased how I fought back.”
Inbee Park finished five strokes ahead of Davies, Ariya Jutanugarn and Marina Alex at 19-under-par 269 with a closing 67. In Gee Chun and Megan Khang tied for fifth at 275.