Davies aims for successful defence

England's Laura Davies has won three times in Europe and once in Japan but is plotting a successful defence of the Tour Players' Championship in Las Vegas this week to make her season complete.

England's Laura Davies has won three times in Europe and once in Japan but is plotting a successful defence of the Tour Players' Championship in Las Vegas this week to make her season complete.

Fresh from finishing second in a Japanese event last week, the self-confessed gambler lines up in one of her favourite cities tomorrow aiming to repeat the form that clinched the title by four shots a year ago.

"Last year I came into the event really low on confidence, but this year has been much better," said Davies, who banked £204,000 in winning the European number one title. "The big difference is that the putts have started to fall."

The 36-year-old from Surrey has an added incentive to win this week as she is desperate to make it seven years in a row with a win on each side of the Atlantic.

Davies is joined in the one million US dollars end-of-season tournament, which is restricted to the tour's top 30 money winners, by fellow Britons Janice Moodie, Catriona Matthew and Helen Dobson.

All three have qualified for the first time despite failing to win this year, although the trio have enjoyed a string of top-10 finishes between them.

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