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Laura Davies aiming to get back to No.1

Laura Davies CBE, the most formidable force in women's golf in recent times, plans to make 2000 the year she reclaims her world No1 crown.

Despite winning three-times in Europe and clinching the LET Order of Merit, Davies finished '99 four spots below US ace Karrie Webb in the global rankings.

But the battling Brit, who last headed the field in 1996, vowed: "I intend to climb back to the top of the tree."

As well as regaining the No1 spot, Davies' sights are also set on three other big targets in 2000.

The 36-year-old Surrey-based ace said: "The Solheim Cup will be one of my priorities. But I also want to win the Dinah Shore - it's the only major I haven't won - and the British Open.

"If I can win at least one of those, I will consider the season a success.

"I'll play five, six or seven events in Europe but I will certainly be concentrating more on America for the first six months of the year.

"If you're trying to catch the likes of Karrie Webb on the LPGA money list, you've got to go for the big ones. It makes sense," added Davies.

"I'd like to play more in Europe but you can't expect the big names to go to Morocco for 100,000 when there's $1m on offer in the US.

"I'm not saying Europe doesn't have good events. They're great tourneys, but we do need a better prize fund. I'm not just in it for money but it is my career we're talking about."


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