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McKay denies Davies in Australia

Scotland's Mhairi McKay won the Women's Australian Open on Sunday for her first professional title, rallying to spoil Laura Davies' bid for an Australian sweep.

McKay, six strokes behind Davies early in the round, birdied Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16 en route to a 5-under-par 67 and an 11-under 277 total on the Terrey Hills course. The former Stanford player, a regular on the LPGA Tour, earned $45,000.

Davies, the ANZ Ladies Masters winner last week on the Gold Coast, closed with a 72 to finish a stroke back. The English star opened with rounds of 65 and 68 and shot a 73 on Saturday.

Australia's Rachel Teske shot a 69 for a 9-under total, and England's Samantha Head and New Zealand's Marnie McGuire had 69s to finish 7 under. Australian star Karrie Webb, the 2002 winner, shot a 75 to tie for 20th at 3 under.

Davies struggled with her driver on the back nine, falling from 12 under to 10 under with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13. She had a chance to force a playoff on No. 18, but pushed her birdie putt past the hole.

England's Suzanne Strudwick, who shared the third-round lead with Davies, shot a 78 to drop into a tie for 14th at 4 under.

Beth Bauer was the top U.S. player, closing with a 72 to tie for seventh at 5 under. Young Mexican star Lorena Ochoa also finished 5 under, matching Bauer's 72.

 

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