Laura Davies wins Senior LPGA Championship to sweep 2018 senior majors

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Laura Davies wins Senior LPGA Championship to sweep 2018 senior majors

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Laura Davies wins Senior LPGA Championship to sweep 2018 senior majors

Laura Davies made it a dominating sweep at the senior majors when she claimed the Senior LPGA Championship by four strokes. The World Golf Hall of Famer’s victory at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., came four months after she won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open by 10 strokes at Chicago Golf Club.

“Oh, it’s huge,” said Davies. “It’s a golf course that I didn’t think I would ever win on. … It feels like a really big victory for me, this one really does.”

Davies, 55, closed with a 2-under 70 in cold and windy conditions to post an 8-under 208 total. Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri finished in a tie for second at 4 under. Michele Redman, head women’s golf coach at Minnesota, was the only other player to finish under par.

The top 10 was stacked with familiar faces, including Brandie Burton, Rosie Jones, Catriona Matthew, Liselotte Neumann, Maria McBride and defending champion Trish Johnson.

Juli Inkster, a favorite coming into the week, tied for 12th. The LPGA Hall of Famer was derailed by a second-round 80.

“It’s the sort of golf course that you never feel safe,” said Davies, who pulled away on the back nine.

Prior to her win in Chicago, Davies turned heads on the LPGA this season when she finished runner-up in Phoenix to Inbee Park. Davies looked confident on the greens all week in Indiana, but particularly down the stretch on Sunday.

She credited her success to last year’s switch to the claw grip.

“One of the caddies said stop moaning about your putting and change it,” said Davies, who never looked back.

While Davies was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015, she remains two points shy of the LPGA Hall of Fame. An LPGA regular season title is worth one point while majors are worth two.

As of now, senior majors don’t count.

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