Davies Wins U.S Senior Women's Open, Kim Routs at John Deere PDF Print E-mail



Laura Davies celebrates her victory at the Inaugural U.S Women's Senior Open

Wheaton, Illinois - Dame Laura Davies hadn't won in eight long years, and

after 54 holes she led by five-strokes over fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Julie

Inkster. By the end of Sunday's final round she doubled the margin - firing a

final round under par 68 on C.B MacDonald's famed layout at Chicago Golf

Club. Davies won in dominating form with a score of 16 under par - 276.


"I think 10 was the turning point," said Davies. "I hit my first really rank shot

of the week, a horrible block out to the right, and left a ridiculous putt, and

somehow managed to two-putt. I'll be honest, it wasn't the greatest hole I've

ever played, but I think that was when I really started to think I might have

one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there." At the

time, that enabled Davies to retain her six stroke advantage, which became

eight just three holes later when Inkster made a mess of the thirteenth (with

a double bogey).


Davies win marks just the 6th time in USGA history that a champion has won

by ten or more strokes. Davies was so dominant, that there were only 6 players

who finished within twenty strokes of her 276 total.


"My last win was in India in 2010, so there's the pressure you're playing under

when you're trying to prove to yourself you can still win," said the 54 year-old

Brit. "So this ranks highly up there. Obviously, because it's a USGA event, it's

hard to compare tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements,

I can assure you."


Laura Davies last LPGA victory came 17 years ago in 2001.









Kim Routs at John Deere Classic


Michael Kim celebrates after winning the John Deere Classic

Silvis, Illinois - Michael Kim was on fire at TPC Deere Run all week, starting

off with rounds of 63-64-64 entering Sunday, it wasn't whether he would win,

it was by how many. Kim finished off the field with another stellar performance,

firing a final round 66 to win by eight shots. Kim's 27 under par total broke the

previous tournament record set by Steve Stricker in 2010.


With the victory, Michael Kim also punched his ticket to the Open Championship

at Carnoustie. Kim and his family (who arrived early Sunday morning from San

Diego), were on the charter flight to Scotland immediately after he fulfilled his

obligations of post round press conferences.


Kim admitted to being anxious Saturday night and getting very little sleep,

he opted to watch Wimbledon while struggling to deal with the uncertainty

of holding the 54 hole lead, "I ran through a million scenarios of how this day

was going to pan out," Kim said.


Looks as though it panned out about as well as he could have imagined . . .


Michael Kim moved up from 161st to 56th in the Fedex Cup standings.