Davies in frame for the Hall of Fame

Laura Davies shot a two-over-par 72 at the Harvey Penick Invitational in Austin, Texas, on Sunday to win her 60th title. She now has her sights set on winning 10 more.

"Sixty is nice - hopefully 70 will be even better, but that's a long way off," said Davies, wearing the cowboy hat awarded to the tournament champion.

Davies fired a four-day total of five-under 275 at the Onion Creek Club for a two-stroke victory over Dottie Pepper. It was her 19th win on the American LPGA Tour - and a success that should rank with the Briton's best.

Without using her driver, Davies cut through the 6,101-yard wind-battered course with precision irons off the tee and a solid short game. She was one of only eight to finish under par, and won $127,500 (£80,000) for her second victory of the year. She now needs only three more points in the LPGA's scoring system for automatic qualification to the Hall of Fame.

"I feel like I've had a decent career, but I might not win three more points. You'd hope that, at this stage, I'll have another eight or 10 good years left in me and that should happen," she said.

Davies started the final round with a three-stroke lead over Susie Redman and Tammie Green before struggles with her putter let the field stay close on the final day. But even when Davies struggled, none of the day's early leaders managed a meaningful challenge. Redman shot a 72 and tied for third at 278 with Moira Dunn, who had a 66, and Alison Nicholas, of Britain, who had a 70.

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