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Davies aiming to make cut at Korean Open

England's Laura Davies will attempt to become the first woman golfer to make the cut against the men when she competes in the Kolon Korean Open.

Davies accepted a sponsor's invitation to feature in the Asian PGA Tour tournament and will headline the event alongside "Grip it and Rip it" star John Daly and England's Justin Rose at Woo Jung Hills Country Club.

Asia's finest players -- including home heroes Kim Dae-sub, Kevin Na, Chung Joon, Choi Gwang-soo and Hur Suk-ho -- will also shoot for the top prize.

Davies will become the fourth woman player to face the men on the links this year, following in the footsteps of Annika Sörenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

Sörenstam and Whaley were featured on the PGA Tour, while amateur whiz kid Wie played on the Canadian Tour and Nationwide Tour. However, none of them made the cut.

"I'm not suggesting I'll go out and win, but I'm hoping to make the cut and certainly not make a fool of myself," Davies said. "I'll be going out there with some expectations."

Davies will play with Daly and Hur, who hit international headlines at the British Open, in the opening two rounds. Rose has been drawn alongside Na and veteran Kim Jong-duk.

Last season, Spain's Sergio Garcia claimed victory in Seoul for his first title in Asia. He is not defending this week.

This will be the second time that Davies will take on the men. She featured in the Johnnie Walker Super Tour -- an exhibition match staged over four cities in Asia -- five years ago and finished last in the nine-player field. Vijay Singh won with a 19-under-par 269 total, while Davies finished 39 strokes behind.

Davies has won four majors and posted 60 other victories around the globe. She was also part of the victorious European team that won the Solheim Cup against the United States.

Daly will be looking for a revival in his game, as he has not made the cut in an event since August.

Rose, who took the golfing world by storm when he finished fourth in the 1998 British Open as an amateur, will be a serious title contender against the Asian PGA's best players. The 23-year-old Englishman won four titles around the world in 2002. Rose has not won this season. He has six top-10s on the European Tour, including a tied fifth finish in the U.S. Open, the year's second major.

The 20-year-old Na, will be hoping for a strong run at Woo Jung Hills. He hopes to move closer to a place in the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in December, where he is the defending champion. Na is ranked 49th on the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit and must be inside the top-60 to earn a place in the Volvo event.

Hur Suk-ho, who has won one title each on the Asian PGA circuit and Japan Tour, was one the revelations in the British Open. He contended for the title through three rounds before fading on the final day.

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