Friday 23 February 2018

In brief: Davies keeps her nerve to land title

England's Laura Davies emerged from sudden death at the Indian Women's Open with her fifth Ladies European Tour title of the season and high hopes of bridging the €34,444 gap to South Africa's Order of Merit leader Lee-Ann Pace in next month's year-ending Dubai Masters.

Davies closed with a two-under-par 70 in Delhi to tie with Sweden's Louise Friberg, Nontaya Srisawang of Thailand and South Africa's Tandi Cunningham on three-under.

Ireland's Martina Gillen pocketed €1,721 in a tie for 35th on seven-over after a final-round 73 on Saturday. One shot back, Rebecca Coakley earned €1,331 for her share of 41st following a closing 76. Hazel Kavanagh and Tara Delaney both missed the cut.

Woods shows flashes of old magic in defeat

Tiger Woods provided the large galleries at the Victoria Golf Club with something to remember as he shot his equal-best round of the year, a six-under-par 65, at the Australian Masters yesterday.

The 34-year-old American, who was reportedly paid a $3m appearance fee, produced some fireworks down the stretch, highlighted by an eagle two on the par-four 15th, a birdie on the par-five 17th and an eagle on the par-five 18th to finish on a seven-under.

After entering the final round 10 shots behind leader Adam Bland, he walked off just three shots behind him -- so he was relying on Bland or then second-placed Daniel Gaunt to succumb to the pressure.

As it turned out, they did. But it was Australian Stuart Appleby who triumphed as he trumped Woods by also shooting a six-under 65 to overtake the faltering Bland and Gaunt in the closing holes to win the title by a single shot.

"I'm pleased with some of the progress I've made, but I still need to do it for an entire round," Woods said. "I finally got it going at the end but it was too little, too late."

Irish Independent

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