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Laura Davies claims LET Money List title

England’s Laura Davies became the official number one European woman golfer for the seventh time in an illustrious career on Sunday.

The 67-time tournament winner claimed the Ladies European Tour’s official New Star Money List with winnings of €471,727.42 from 11 events played in the 2006 season.

The first time Davies won the title was in 1985 and she said: “I remember the first time I won the title in my rookie year; that was pretty special. When you come out on Tour you don’t know anything. I think I won £17,000 and I felt like a millionaire. I bought myself a colour TV and a video.”

Some 21 years later, Davies has proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with on the golf course. In 2006, she not only collected the prestigious New Star Money List title, but she won her first tournament in more than two years at the SAS Masters in Norway.

“Winning in Norway was a highlight but the Evian Masters was the main thing because finishing second gave me the chance to win the New Star Money List,” Davies, the winner of four major championships, said.

“It feels great. I’ve had to work hard all summer and obviously this is a nice way to cap off the season. I just had to hope that Gwladys wouldn’t win this week in Dubai but considering the field, Annika Sorenstam was always going to be hard to beat. As it has turned out, I wish I’d been in Dubai.”

Davies had six second place finishes on the Ladies European Tour in 2006. She also won the Volvo Cross Country Challenge, a mini order of merit for the events played in the Nordic region.

“I really enjoyed this summer, being in contention every week and six second places. If the chance came up to win an eighth New Star Money List, I would go for it,” she said.

“I love winning. Professional athletes want to win things. That is the nature of sport in general.”

Davies will defend the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club in February 2007 where she will no doubt give her fans another strong performance.

November 1, 2006

 




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