English women's golf legend Laura Davies has pulled off a runaway victory in the inaugural US Senior Women's Open at the par 73 Chicago Golf Club.
The 54-year-old Davies birdied all five of the par-5 holes as she closed with a bogey-free 5-under 68 and a 16-under 276 total on Sunday that left runner-up Juli Inkster (73) of the US trailing by all of 10 shots and third-placed Trish Johnson (73), also of England, by a further two shots.
"It's great, seeing this trophy paraded down for the very first time and to get my name on it first," Davies said.
"This championship will be played for many years but there will always be only one first winner, so yes, it's quite a proud moment for me."
Davies was already leading Inkster by six at the turn but when the American missed a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-3 10th where Davis was able to salvage a par salvage par from all of 70 feet.
"That," said Davies afterwards, "Was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and I just had to get the other one on it."
Davies, the 1987 US Women's Open champion, has won 20 LPGA and 45 Ladies European Tour titles but had been on a winless drought since her last victory in the 2010 Hero Honda Women's Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour.
"I hadn't won for eight years, so the pressure you're playing under when you're trying to prove to yourself you can still win, makes this win rank right up there," Davies said.
"It's hard to compare tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements, I can assure you."
THE TOP 10 FINISHERS
276 Laura Davies (ENG) 71 71 66 68
286 Juli Inkster (USA) 73 72 68 73
288 Trish Johnson (ENG) 71 71 73 73
291 Damielle Ammaccapane (USA) 75 71 71 74
294 Yuko Saito (JAP) 76 71 73 74
295 Helen Alfredsson (SWE) 72 79 73 71, Liselotte Neumann (SWE) 71 76 76 72
297 Tammie Green Parker (USA) 76 75 79 67, Rosie Jones (USA) 77 73 71 76
298 Suzy Green-Roebuck (USA) 75 75 74 74, Martha Leach (USA) 78 75 72 73.
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