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Laura Davies targets making the halfway cut

Laura Davies says she wouldn't bet on herself at odds of a million-to-one to win the ANZ Championships against 155 men at The Horizons golf course. She'd happily gamble on making the cut.

Davies is the first woman to play on the Australasian or European men's tours. The ANZ Championships is a co-sanctioned event.

The former women's No. 1 joins other women who've played in men's events, including top-ranked Annika Sorenstam and teenager Michelle Wie.

``Making the cut? If things went my way and I putted well, I think I can,'' said Davies. ``And after you have made the cut anything is possible -- though winning's not possible.''

The 40-year-old Davies said she wouldn't have accepted an invitation for a regular stroke play competition, but the modified stableford format at the Horizons suited her game.

And she rejected recent criticism by former men's No. 1 Greg Norman of the growing trend for women to play on sponsors' invitations in men's events.

``Greg's not playing this week so really it's irrelevant,'' Davies said. ``If he was here it would have more bearing on it.''

Norman last week said women playing in men's events was a pure marketing ploy.

``If the girls come out and think they can play against the guys and fail every time, that can't be very positive,'' he said.

Norman's comments came three weeks after 14-year-old Michelle Wie missed the cut by a stroke in the Sony Open, a stunning effort that prompted seven other PGA Tour events to offer her exemptions.

Last year, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour, missing the cut by five shots in the Colonial.

``I think everyone is just jumping on it, and it's got to stop,'' Norman said. ``How do we stop it? It's up to our administrators to come up with the wording of our bylaws.

``We can't go play on their tour because we're not female, that's the wording they have in their bylaws. I think we should do something about it.''

But Davies said it was good for the development of golf for women to continue challenging the men.

``Let's face it, one day there might be a girl who is good enough to play against them week-in, week-out,'' she said. ``It's doubtful but it's possible.''

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