42 year-old Laura Davies clinched her first win for almost two-and-a-half years on Sunday at the SAS Masters in Oslo, Norway – her 67th career victory and a record 35th on the European Tour.
The big-hitting and popluar Englishwoman, a former world numebr one, fired a final round of 68 to finish some six shots ahead of the runner-up, Ellen Smets of Belgium.
Davies was on course for the best round of the week on Sunday, after she carded two eagles and four birdies before finally losing some momentum and scoring bogeys on the final two holes. The tournament was already in the bag, however, and she coasted home without being in any real danger after starting the final round two strokes clear.
“This just feels absolutely fantastic,” she said after finishing ahead of Smets. Virginie Lagoutte and Australian Nikki Garrett finished in a tie for third on -4.
“I must admit that after I made such a horrible start to the year (she missed seven out of her first eight cuts this season) it did cross my mind that I might not win again. Two-and-a-half years is a very long time. But then I got my form back in Europe and the whole season turned around completely for me. Now I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully winning again.”