Davies on right course to add missing major

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The Independent Online

Laura Davies is on a mission and can think of no better place to fulfil it than in California this week. Mission Hills in Palm Springs, one of Davies' favourite courses, is the venue for the Nabisco Championship, which starts today, and victory would enable her to complete the set of four women's majors.

Davies has played in the first major of the season for the past 14 years and has a fine record, including a second and two thirds, but she will never be satisfied until she lifts the title. "I would love to win here, although sometimes I probably try too hard," she said. "But this year I am coming into the event after my best-ever start to a season and playing the best golf of my career. This course really suits me. I just hope that the putts start to fall."

Davies won the Los Angeles Championship last month and is currently lying third on the US money list behind Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam.

Webb, with four wins and a second in five starts this year, starts favourite to double her tally of majors - the Australian won the Du Maurier Classic in Canada last year. Also competing are 13-year-old twin sisters Aree and Naree Song Wongluekiet, the youngest players in the event's history.