Davies' second USLPGA

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Laura Davies won her second United States LPGA Championship in three years on Sunday, mastering a course at Wilmington, Delaware, which left little room for error. Davies needed only an even-par 213 to win on the course for the third time, having won the 1993 McDonald's Championship there as well.

The player from West Byfleet fired a one-under 70 on a cold, windy day while playing a bogey-free round. A birdie on the par-five 16th set up the victory. "Today was brilliant," Davies said. "I made so many three and four-foot putts. I don't think I've ever played that well in this kind of weather."

Julie Larsen Piers also had a final-round 70, one of just four golfers to break par, and finished one shot behind Davies at 214. Penny Hammel, with a 70, and the Australian Jane Crafter, with a 72 were next on 215.

As many as six players shared the lead as everyone waited to see who might break free. To nobody's surprise, it was Davies. Windy weather sent scores soaring, particularly during Sunday morning's completion of the second round, suspended on Saturday after a thunderstorm.

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