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The number of points by which Laura Davies leads Sweden's Liselotte Neumann at the top of the women's world golf rankings. The Briton's current dominance of the women's game is reflected in her total of 330.32 points to second-placed Neumann's 216

Golf: Europe's Solheim Cup collapse

The United States overran Europe on the final day to regain the Solheim Cup at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, yesterday. Europe, level at 5-5 after the foursomes and fourballs, lost eight of the 10 concluding singles to go down 13-7.

Golf: US in fightback

THE United States mounted a stirring fightback on the second day of the Solheim Cup in West Virginia yesterday. After Europe had ended the first day 3-2 up, the Americans recovered to lead 5-4 before Europe levelled the match going into today's 10 singles ties.

Golf: Europeans take lead from cool Nilsmark: Americans put on the back foot in their pursuit of the Solheim Cup as they surrender the foursomes on the opening day

EUROPE made a fine start to their defence of the Solheim Cup when they took the first-day foursomes 3-2 at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, yesterday.

Golf: Forbes claims maiden victory

Scotland's Julie Forbes produced a birdie at the second play-off hole to beat Dale Reid and Suzanne Strudwick and claim pounds 8,250 and her maiden professional Tour victory in the Var French Open at St Endreol yesterday. Forbes came from behind with a closing round of 70 to finish in a tie with Reid and Strudwick at three under par on 213. 'It feels great to win at last,' said Forbes, who turned professional in 1991. 'I had a putt of 20 feet to win on the 18th but made no mistake the second time around.'

Golf: Gilford plays leading role to perfection: The European Opn winner could be a reluctant front-runner in the race for places in the Ryder Cup team

WHETHER he likes it or not, David Gilford has made an early stab at qualifying for the 1995 Ryder Cup team after stealthily walking away with the European Open at East Sussex National yesterday. In a leaderboard that had almost as much pedigree as Gilford's herd of Herefords, the part-time farmer from Crewe left the rest to toll the knell of parting day.

Golf: Blake hits career best

Jay Don Blake shot to the heights of the Canadian Open leader board on Friday by hitting a nine-under-par 63. Blake had hit 74 in his first round, and was so sure that he woud miss the cut that he had booked himself on a flight home. However, his second round left him just one shot off the lead, held by Robin Freeman on 136.

Golf: Walton pursues second Tour victory

Philip Walton shot 69 yesterday for a three-round total of 202 at the Hohe Brucke Austrian Open at Haugschlag to keep a second European Tour victory of his career in his sights. Walton, on 14 under, leads Bristol golfer Andrew Sherborne (66 for 204) by two shots. Walton had five birdies and two bogeys on his card, and believes the par-five opening hole will be the key today. 'I was a bit cautious after I missed a birdie there,' he said last night. 'But if I can birdie it tomorrow it will be just the start I need.'

Golf: Wright flies high

PAM WRIGHT made her best start of the season when she recorded a five-under-par 68 during the opening round of the rain-interrupted Weetabix British Women's Open at Woburn yesterday.

Today's Number: 392,750

The amount, in sterling, that Laura Davies has won in her 14 golf tournaments this year.

Golf: Davies leaves rest in wake

LAURA DAVIES returned a closing round of 71 in strong winds to sweep to a runaway victory in the Irish Women's Open at the St Margaret's course in Dublin yesterday.

Golf Competition winner

Graham Roberts, of Saltney Ferry, Chester, is the winner of our Unisys Golf Competition. He wins a VIP trip to the final day of the Open at Turnberry this weekend.

Golf: Lyle looks for repeat

SANDY LYLE returned to Paris at the national course near the Palace of Versailles this week hoping the French connection - and a new set of clubs - can help him become a winner again.

Golf: Couples takes first steps back: US stalwart returns after long lay-off

JUST 102 days since he was warming up on the range at the Doral Open and felt something explode in his back, Fred Couples returned to competitive golf.
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