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Laura Davies seeks Hall of Fame win
April 1, 2010

LPGA Tour veteran Laura Davies, buoyed by a triumphant start to this year, believes she is close to the best form of her illustrious career.

The 46-year-old won her 53rd title worldwide at the New Zealand Women’s Open in February and has set her sights on a fifth major victory at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship to put the seal on her glittering resume.

“A win here would mean everything to me,” the Briton told Reuters at Mission Hills Country Club on Wednesday.

“It’s the last leg of the (career) grand slam, it would get me in the Hall of Fame and it would get me in everything for the rest of the year and the next few years coming. So there is a lot on the line.”

England’s Davies, who has piled up 20 LPGA titles, won her first major at the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open before adding the McDonalds LPGA Championship in 1994 and 1996 and the du Maurier Classic, also in 1996.

The du Maurier Classic was replaced as a grand slam event by the Women’s British Open in 2001.

Victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she has posted four top-five finishes including a runner-up spot in 1994, would complete a long-cherished career grand slam.

“But you don’t think about that,” the long-hitting Davies said. “All you think about is getting off to a good start and having a chance (to win the tournament) on Sunday morning.

“The ultimate goal, you try not to think about it or you put too much pressure on yourself.”

Davies has made a fast start to her 2010 campaign, tying for sixth at the LPGA Tour’s season-opener in Thailand before following her New Zealand triumph with a runner-up spot at this month’s Australian Open.

“My form is good, as good as it’s been for a few years playing at this event,” she said. “It’s probably not far off the best form of my career at the moment.

“There are just a few things to sort out. My putting seems to come and go whereas before I was more consistent, I holed a lot more putts on a regular basis. Now I’m more streaky.

“If I can just turn the putting around and hit a few more fairways, that would be my big thing.”

Davies has relished competing on the challenging par-72 layout at Mission Hills since making her debut here in 1988.

“It’s just such a lovely course,” she said. “It’s a hard golf course, it’s pretty long compared to what we normally play and the rough is normally up, which obviously makes driving extremely important.

“And it rewards good iron play which is probably the best part of my game. If I can just hit a few more fairways than I’ve done in years gone by, you never know.”

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