|— Golfer —|
Davies at the 2009 Women's British Open
|Full name||Laura Jane Davies|
5 October 1963 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Residence||Ottershaw, Surrey, England|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 1988)
Ladies European Tour (joined 1985)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||45 (1st all-time)|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||6|
|Ladies Asian Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||2nd: 1994|
|LPGA Championship||Won: 1994, 1996|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 1987|
|du Maurier Classic||Won: 1996|
|Women's British Open||T8: 2004|
|The Evian Championship||T41: 2014|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour
Player of the Year
|Ladies European Tour
Rookie of the Year
|Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
|1985, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2006|
Player of the Year
Player of the Year
|Best Female Golfer
|Commander of the Order
of the British Empire
/Jim Murray Award
Dame Laura Jane Davies, DBE (born 5 October 1963), is an English professional golfer who has achieved the status of her nation's most accomplished female golfer of modern times, being the first non-American to finish at the top of the LPGA money list as well as winning the LET Order of Merit a record seven times: in 1985, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2006.
As of 2012, she has 84 professional wins worldwide, with 20 on the LPGA, including four majors and, since turning professional in 1985, has won at least one individual title somewhere in the world every season, except for 2005 and 2011, though she was a member of the winning Solheim Cup team in 2011. She is a member of U.S.-based LPGA Tour, a life member of the Ladies European Tour, and needs only one major victory or two regular LPGA Tour wins to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Other awards and honors
- 4 Off-course activities
- 5 Professional wins (84)
- 6 Major championships
- 7 LPGA Tour record
- 8 Team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes and references
- 11 External links
A native of Coventry, Laura Davies began as an amateur international player for Great Britain, compiling a notable record. She was the 1983 English Intermediate Champion, the 1984 Welsh Open Stroke Play Champion and the South Eastern Champion in both 1983 and 1984. She was also a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup Team in 1984. She turned professional in 1985.
Laura Davies started her professional career on the WPGET (now Ladies European Tour) in 1985 when she won both Rookie of the Year and Order of Merit titles. She subsequently won the Sports Journalists' Association Peter Wilson Trophy as International Newcomer of the Year 1985. She repeated the Order of Merit win in 1986 having won four titles, one of which was the British Women's Open (prior to it becoming a major).
In 1987 she went to the United States and won the U.S. Women's Open in an 18-hole playoff against Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner. It was a victory that led the LPGA to amend its constitution. Davies was not a member of the LPGA Tour, so the LPGA changed its constitution to grant Davies automatic membership. Since 1988 Laura Davies has played on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours.
In 1988 Davies won twice as a rookie on the LPGA Tour, three times on the Ladies European Tour and once in Japan, becoming the first woman ever to win on all three major Tours in the same year.
In 1990 she was a member of the inaugural European Solheim Cup Team. She returned as part of every European team through 2011, the only player to do so. Davies is the all-time leader in points won in the Solheim Cup, breaking the record of Annika Sörenstam by winning a Saturday fourballs match partnered by Melissa Reid on 24 September 2011. Davies went on the increase her record point total to 25 by halving her singles match with Juli Inkster on 25 September 2011, as the Europeans captured the Solheim Cup for the fourth time.
In 1994 she was the first golfer, male or female, to win on five different golf tours in one calendar year: US, Europe, Asia, Japan and Australia. and became the first European player to be ranked unofficial number one in the world. She was named the Sports Journalists' Association Sportswoman of the Year 1995 and 1996.
Davies was part of the LPGA team at the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge three times between 1994 and 1996.
She represented England at the Women's World Cup of Golf in 2005 (with Karen Stupples), 2006 (with Kirsty Taylor) and 2007 (with Trish Johnson). She was a Captain's pick for the International Team at the 2006 Lexus Cup.
Davies currently holds the LPGA record for most eagles in a season, scoring 19 during the 2004 season.
Other awards and honors
Davies was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1988, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours, all for services to golf.
Davies published an autobiography in 1996.
Davies enjoys all sports and is an avid football fan and a Liverpool F.C. supporter. She organises the annual football match at the Evian Masters Tournament in France and she has in the past been fined by the Ladies European Tour for watching an England versus Spain European Championship football match on a portable television during the final round of the 1996 Evian Masters in France, a tournament she nevertheless won.
Davies has built a nine-hole golf course (one full size green and greenside bunker plus nine tees) in the garden of her house. In 2004 she hosted a celebrity fourball tournament for the charity Sport Relief.
In 2012 Davies was named by the Golf Club Managers' Association's Golf Club Management magazine as the 32nd most powerful person in British golf due to her ability to inspire girls and women to play the game.
In January 2013, the Golf Writers Association of America announced that Davies would be the year's recipient of the ASAPSports/Jim Murray Award, which recognizes a golfer for "cooperation, quotability and accommodation with the media." The other finalists were Luke Donald and Greg Norman. The award will be presented at the annual GWAA dinner at Augusta, Georgia, on 10 April.
Professional wins (84)
LPGA Tour (20)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||26 Jul 1987||U.S. Women's Open||−3 (72-70-72-71=285)||Playoff||JoAnne Carner, Ayako Okamoto|
|2||20 Mar 1988||Circle K LPGA Tucson Open||−10 (64-74-69-72=278)||1 stroke||Robin Walton|
|3||5 Jun 1988||Jamie Farr Toledo Classic||−11 (69-70-69-69=277)||3 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
|4||18 Jun 1989||Lady Keystone Open||−9 (67-73-67=207)||1 stroke||Pat Bradley|
|5||10 Mar 1991||Inamori Classic||−11 (70-68-72-67=277)||4 strokes||Lynn Connelly, Judy Dickinson|
|6||16 May 1993||McDonald's Championship||−7 (66-69-73-69=277)||1 stroke||Sherri Steinhauer|
|7||20 Mar 1994||Standard Register PING||−15 (69-72-66-70=277)||4 strokes||Elaine Crosby, Beth Daniel|
|8||8 May 1994||Sara Lee Classic||−13 (65-70-68=203)||1 stroke||Meg Mallon|
|9||15 May 1994||McDonald's LPGA Championship||−5 (70-72-69-68-279)||3 strokes||Alice Ritzman|
|10||19 Mar 1995||Standard Register PING||−12 (69-68-70-73=280)||1 stroke||Beth Daniel|
|11||23 Apr 1995||Chick-fil-A Charity Championship||−15 (67-67-67=201)||4 strokes||Kelly Robbins|
|12||24 Mar 1996||Standard Register PING||−8 (71-73-69-71=284)||1 stroke||Kristal Parker-Manzo|
|13||12 May 1996||McDonald's LPGA Championship||E (72-71-70=213)||1 stroke||Julie Piers|
|14||4 Aug 1996||du Maurier Classic||−11 (71-70-70-66=277)||2 strokes||Nancy Lopez, Karrie Webb|
|15||25 Aug 1996||Star Bank LPGA Classic||−12 (68-66-70=204)||3 strokes||Pat Hurst, Maggie Will|
|16||23 Mar 1997||Standard Register PING||−15 (70-69-70-68=277)||Playoff||Kelly Robbins|
|17||22 Nov 1998||PageNet Tour Championship||−11 (66-67-75-69=277)||4 strokes|| Brandie Burton, Pat Hurst,
|18||13 Feb 2000||Los Angeles Women's Championship||−5 (67-71-73=211)||3 strokes|| Carin Koch, Janice Moodie,
|19||7 May 2000||The Philips Invitational||−5 (68-67-68-72=275)||2 strokes||Dottie Pepper|
|20||10 Jun 2001||Wegmans Rochester International||−9 (68-68-69-74=279)||3 strokes||Maria Hjorth, Wendy Ward|
LPGA Tour playoff record (2–8)
|1||1987||U.S. Women's Open||JoAnne Carner, Ayako Okamoto||Won 18-hole playoff (Davies:71, Okamoto:73, Carner:74)|
|2||1992||ShopRite LPGA Classic||Anne Marie Palli||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1992||Rail Charity Golf Classic||Nancy Lopez||Last to par on first extra hole|
|4||1994||JAL Big Apple Classic||Beth Daniel||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1995||Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf||Annika Sörenstam||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1996||State Farm Rail Classic||Michelle McGann, Barb Whitehead||McGann won with birdie on third extra hole|
|7||1996||Toray Japan Queens Cup||Mayumi Hirase||Lost to par on third extra hole|
|8||1997||Standard Register PING||Kelly Robbins||Won with par on first extra hole|
|9||1997||Giant Eagle LPGA Classic||Tammie Green||Lost to eagle on fifth extra hole|
|10||1999||PageNet Championship||Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb||Pak won with birdie on first extra hole|
Ladies European Tour (45)
- 1985 (1) Belgian Ladies' Open
- 1986 (4) McEwans Wirral Classic, Greater Manchester Tournament, Ladies' British Open, La Manga Spanish Open
- 1987 (1) Italian Ladies' Open
- 1988 (3) Ford Ladies' Classic, Italian Ladies' Open, Biarritz Ladies' Open
- 1989 (1) Laing Charity Ladies' Classic
- 1990 (1) AGF Biarritz Ladies' Open
- 1991 (1) Valextra Classic
- 1992 (3) The European Ladies' Open, The Ladies' English Open, BMW Italian Ladies' Open
- 1993 (1) Waterford Dairies Ladies' English Open
- 1994 (2) Holiday Ireland Women's Open, The New Skoda Women's Scottish Open
- 1995 (4) Evian Masters, Guardian Irish Holidays Open, Woodpecker Women's Welsh Open, Wilkinson Sword Ladies' English Open
- 1996 (3) Evian Masters, Wilkinson Sword Ladies' English Open, Italian Ladies' Open di Sicilia
- 1997 (2) Ford-Stimorol Danish Open, Hennessy Cup
- 1998 (1) Chrysler Open
- 1999 (3) Chrysler Open, McDonald's WPGA Championship, Compaq Open
- 2000 (1) TSN Ladies World Cup Golf (individual event)
- 2001 (1) WPGA International Matchplay
- 2002 (1) P4 Norwegian Masters
- 2003 (1) ANZ Ladies Masters (co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour)
- 2004 (1) AAMI Women's Australian Open (co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour)
- 2006 (1) SAS Masters
- 2007 (1) UNIQA Ladies Golf Open
- 2008 (1) UNIQA Ladies Golf Open
- 2009 (1) Women's Australian Open (co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour)
- 2010 (5) Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open (co-sanctioned by ALPG Tour), UniCredit Ladies German Open, UNIQA Ladies Golf Open, Open De España Femenino, Hero Honda Women's Indian Open
- Note: Davies won the Women's British Open before it became a major championship on the LPGA Tour.
LPGA of Japan Tour (6)
- 1988 (1) Itoki Classic
- 1994 (1) Ito En Ladies Open
- 1995 (1) Ito En Ladies Open
- 1996 (1) Ito En Ladies Open
- 1999 (1) Takara World Invitational
- 2001 (1) Ito En Ladies Open
ALPG Tour (8)
- 1993 (1) Australian Ladies Masters
- 1994 (1) Australian Ladies Masters
- 2003 (1) ANZ Ladies Masters (co-sanctioned by Ladies European Tour)
- 2004 (1) AAMI Women's Australian Open (co-sanctioned by Ladies European Tour)
- 2008 (1) LG/Bing Lee NSW Women's Open
- 2009 (1) Women's Australian Open (co-sanctioned by Ladies European Tour)
- 2010 (2) Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open (co-sanctioned by Ladies European Tour), Kangaroo Valley Resort Classic 
Ladies Asian Golf Tour (2)
- 1993 (1) Thailand Ladies Open
- 1994 (1) Thailand Ladies Open
- 1996 (1) JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game
- 1998 (1) JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game
- 1999 (2) Praia d'El Rey European Cup (Ladies European Tour team event), JCPenney Classic (with John Daly)
- 2000 (1) TSN Ladies World Cup Golf (Ladies European Tour team event)
- 2008 (1) Lalla Meryem Cup
- 2012 (1) ISPS Handa Legends Tour Open Championship (Legends Tour event)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1987||U.S. Women's Open||1 shot deficit||−3 (72-70-72-71=285)||Playoff 1||JoAnne Carner, Ayako Okamoto|
|1994||McDonald's LPGA Championship||1 shot lead||−5 (70-72-69-68=279)||3 strokes||Alice Ritzman|
|1996||McDonald's LPGA Championship||2 shot deficit||E (72-71-70=213)||1 stroke||Julie Piers|
|1996||du Maurier Classic||5 shot deficit||−11 (71-70-70-66=277)||2 strokes||Nancy Lopez|
1 In an 18-hole playoff: Davies 71, Okamoto 73, Carner 74.
Results not in chronological order before 2014.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||CUT||T33||T21||T42||T44||T23|
|U.S. Women's Open||T11||1||T50||T7||T26||T44|
|du Maurier Classic||DNP||DNP||2||T17||CUT||T3|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||CUT||T12||2||T3||T15||T16||T3||T70||T35|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T11||T12||T24||6||CUT||T11||CUT||T9|
|du Maurier Classic||T20||DNP||T38||CUT||1||T16||T22||2||73|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T11||T21||4||T16||T23||CUT||T20||T55||DNP|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||T32||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||T32||CUT||T17|
|Women's British Open ^||T25||CUT||T19||T8||T29||T16||CUT||77||T46|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T48||T57||CUT||DNP||DNP|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||CUT|
|Women's British Open ^||T69||CUT||WD||CUT||T9|
|The Evian Championship ^^||CUT||T41|
^ The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier Classic as an LPGA major in 2001.
^^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play.
CUT = missed the half-way cut.
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
- Starts – 107
- Wins – 4
- 2nd place finishes – 4
- 3rd place finishes – 4
- Top 3 finishes – 12
- Top 5 finishes – 14
- Top 10 finishes – 22
- Top 25 finishes – 45
- Missed cuts – 28
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3
LPGA Tour record
- official as of 24 November 2013
*Includes match play and other events without a cut.
1 Davies's earnings of $37,549 at the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand were considered unofficial under LPGA rules and are not included in this total.
- Curtis Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1984
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 1990, 1992 (winners), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 (winners), 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (winners)
- World Cup (representing England): 2005, 2006, 2007
- Lexus Cup (representing International team): 2006
- Handa Cup (representing World team): 2013 (winners)
Solheim Cup record
|1990||3||2-1-0||1-0-0 def. R. Jones 3&2||1-0-0 won w/ A. Nicholas 2&1||0-1-0 lost w/ A. Nicholas 4&3||2||66.7%|
|1992||3||3-0-0||1-0-0 def. B. Burton 4&2||1-0-0 won w/ A. Nicholas 1 up||1-0-0 won w/ A. Nicholas 1 up||3||100%|
|1994||3||1-2-0||0-1-0 lost to B. Burton 1 dn||1-0-0 won w/ A. Nicholas 2&1||0-1-0 lost w/ A. Nicholas 2&1||1||33.3%|
|1996||5||3-2-0||0-1-0 lost to M. McGann 3&2||1-1-0 lost w/ A. Nicholas 1 dn,
won w/ T. Johnson 4&3
|2-0-0 won w/ T. Johnson 6&5,
won w/ L. Hackney 6&5
|1998||5||3-1-1||1-0-0 def. P. Hurst 1 up||1-1-0 lost w/ T. Johnson 3&1,
won w/ C. Sörenstam, 3&2
|1-0-1 halved w/ C. Sörenstam,
won w/ L. Hackney 2up
|2000||4||1-2-1||0-1-0 lost to K. Robbins 3&2||1-1-0 won w/ A. Nicholas 4&3,
lost w/ A. Nicholas 6&5
|0-0-1 halved w/ R. Carriedo||1.5||37.5%|
|2002||5||2-3-0||0-1-0 lost to M. Mallon 3&2||1-1-0 won w/ P. Martí 2 up,
lost w/ P. Martí 2&1
|1-1-0 lost w/ P. Martí 1 dn,
won w/ S. Gustafson 1up
|2003||4||1-2-1||1-0-0 def. M. Mallon,
conceded on 15
|0-0-1 halved w/ C. Koch||0-2-0 lost w/ C. Matthew 2&1,
lost w/ S.Gustafson 2&1
|2005||5||3-2-0||0-1-0 lost to P. Creamer 7&5||1-1-0 won w/ M. Hjorth 2&1,
lost w/ M. Hjorth 3&2
|2-0-0 won w/ S. Pettersen 4&3,
won w/ A. Sörenstam 4&2
|2007||4||2-1-1||1-0-0 def B. Lincicome 4&3||0-1-0 lost w/ B. Brewerton 2&1||1-0-1 halved w/ T. Johnson,
won w/ B. Brewerton 2 up
|2009||2||0-1-1||0-0-1 halved with B. Lang||0-1-0 lost w/ B. Brewerton 5&4||0.5||25%|
|2011||3||1-1-1||0-0-1 halved with J. Inkster||1-1-0 lost w/ M. Reid 1 dn,
won w/ M. Reid 4&3
- List of golfers with most Ladies European Tour wins
- List of golfers with most LPGA Tour wins
- List of golfers with most LPGA major championship wins
Notes and references
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- "LET Player Profile". Ladies European Tour. 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Laura Davies captures New Star Money List". LET. 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Official Career Wins". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "The Great Contradiction". GolfWorld. 2003-09-05. Archived from the original on 2003-09-20. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "The 33rd Curtis Cup". Curtis Cup. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Past winners of the SJA Sports Awards". Sports Journalists' Association. Archived from the original on 2006-10-14. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Laura Davies Full Career Biography". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "Davies overtakes Sorenstam for Solheim Cup record". AP. 2011-09-24.
- "Golf Tour For Women Tees Off With Hope". The New York Times. 1996-05-02. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
- "1990-2005 Solheim Cup Teams". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
- "Meet the 2007 European Solheim Cup Team". LPGA. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
- "The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge". Wendy's. Archived from the original on 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- Zullo, Allan, “Astonishing but True Golf Facts”, Andrew McMeels Publishing, Forest Fairview, North Carolina, 2001.
- "Australia, Sweden and England installed as favourites for World Cup". Women's World Cup of Golf. 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Creamer, Gulbis Ready to Take on the World". The Golf Channel. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Sorenstam to miss Sweden title bid". CNN. 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "Final Star-Studded Line Up Unveiled as Players Commit To Prestigious Lexus Cup 2006". LPGA. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "Davies out to prove she's cut above the rest". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-11. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
- "Davies a shaker, not mover". Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-13. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
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- "People's champions knighted". BBC News. 1999-12-31. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- The London Gazette: . 14 June 2014.
- Laura Davies with Lewine Mair, Naturally...Laura Davies, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1996, ISBN 0-7475-2764-4.
- "Davies and Johnson vs French World Cup team". LET. 2003-07-24. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
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- "The annual football match at Evian". LET. 2006-07-26. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "Inside the ropes at the ANZ Masters". LET. 2002-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "ANZ Ladies Masters Cricket Test Match". LET. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "Lineker and Davies join BBC Open team". BBC. 2001-06-29. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Davies stages garden party". BBC. 2004-05-26. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Gambler Davies faces full house in SAFECO Field". SeattlePi.com. 1994-09-15. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- "Owner's Champagne Moment". British Horseracing. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
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- Laura Davies at the LPGA Tour official site
- Laura Davies at the Legends Tour official site
- about.com profile