Golf: Davies scores sixth success

LAURA DAVIES, playing the longest course on the LPGA Tour, hardly used her driver as she shot a flawless three-under- par 70 to win the Standard Register Ping on Sunday.

The Briton finished with a 15-under 277, the second-best score since the tournament moved to the 6,483-yard Moon Valley Country Club in 1988.

Davies beat Beth Daniel and Elaine Crosby by four shots to record her sixth victory on the US Tour and take the dollars 105,000 ( pounds 70,000) first prize.

Davies, 30, who missed the cut in Tucson last week, used her driver on the first, third, fourth and eighth holes but for the rest of the time she used a two-iron for better control.

STANDARD REGISTER PING WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT (Phoenix, Arizona) Leading final scores (US unless stated): 277 L Davies (GB) 69 72 66 70. 281 B Daniel 71 71 70 69; E Crosby 73 69 66 73. 283 A Ritzman 70 72 71 70; H Kobayashi (Japan) 70 70 72 71; K Robbins 68 70 71 74. 284 B Burton 71 69 72 72. 285 M McGann 75 68 72 70; T Myers 71 72 71 71; D Mochrie 72 70 70 73.

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