x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Laura Davies is in bullish mood at Dubai Ladies Masters

The four-time major championship winner comes into the tournament on the back of an 82nd career title.

Laura Davies comes into the Dubai tournament on the back of her 82nd title. Satish Kumar / The National
Laura Davies comes into the Dubai tournament on the back of her 82nd title. Satish Kumar / The National

DUBAI // Having fielded the now-predictable queries regarding retirement, Laura Davies is determined this week to prove her staying power.

The four-time major championship winner comes into the tournament on the back of an 82nd career title, although it was achieved in her first appearance on the Legends Tour, a circuit for US LPGA Tour members over age 45.

However, she already has demonstrated this season she can still provide a challenge to younger rivals, twice finishing runner-up on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

Davies, 49, will feel Dubai owes her something, too, after three top fours in six attempts and last season's disappointing missed cut, which as a "Golf in Dubai" ambassador she labels "embarrassing".

"I'm not backing off at all, I'm trying to win a tournament," she said. "And also, what else could I do? I left school at 16. I'm no good to anyone."

Davies has not recorded a victory on the LET in two years and, despite retaining hopes of securing the British Open – "may seem a pipe dream" - is typically candid in her assessment of 2012.

"I worked out if I win this week I'll finish third" in the Order of Merit, she said.

"It would be an OK year, but not winning a regular tour event this year and last year is very disappointing. It's not good enough.

"A win here would make it OK, but that's not what I want. I want to be competing every week to win tournaments, not just hanging on to make the cut or finish 18th or 20th."

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