Golf: Davies' Pheonix title turns to ashes

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BRITAIN'S Laura Davies relinquished her grip on the LPGA Standard Register Classic title she had held for four years with a final-round 69 to finish six shots adrift of the leaders on 285.

The Swede Liselotte Neumann sank a birdie on the third play-off hole to defeat the American Rosie Jones and pocket the pounds 77,914 winner's cheque at Phoenix, Arizona.

Neumann and Jones had finished with a 13-under par 279. The American Cathy Johnston-Forbes was third on 280.