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Davies closes with a 68 to catch and pass Webb

GOLD COAST, Australia -- England's Laura Davies wasn't embarrassed by this finish.

Davies won her third ANZ Ladies Masters title Sunday, taking
advantage of Karrie Webb's final-hole bogey for a one-stroke
victory.

Davies holed a 12-foot par putt on No. 18 for a 4-under 68 and a
13-under 203 total in the rain-shortened tournament. Davies also
won in 1993 and '94 and has 65 international victories.

''I beat Karrie in Australia, and ultimately, that's a tough nut
to crack,'' said Davies, who will play against Webb again next week
in the Australian Open at Terrey Hills in Sydney.

''Six months ago, I would have been worried about making a fool
of myself in front of a huge gallery, but now I'm playing like I
know I can.''

Webb, second the last two years after winning the Royal Pines
event four consecutive years, shot a 70 to tie for second with
fellow Australian Rebecca Stevenson (68).

''I played a little loose on the back nine. I wasn't hitting my
irons as close as I would have liked,'' said Webb, who lost a
playoff to Annika Sorenstam last year. ''But Laura made some good
putts when she needed to and played great.''

Webb's drive on the 18th hole went into deep rough and she had
to pitch out to the fairway. After an approach to about 30 feet,
she two-putted for bogey moments before Davies calmly rolled her
par putt into the center of the cup.

Davies punched her hands into the air even before the ball fell,
and wrapped her arms around caddie Terry Mundy.

''I let him read that one, and he did it perfectly,'' she said.

Young Mexican star Lorena Ochoa closed with a 68 to finish
fourth at 11-under 205. Denmark's Iben Tinning (66) and Australia's
Rachel Teske (67) followed at 10 under.

The long-hitting Davies has at least one international victory
in each of the last 19 seasons. Last year, she won the European
tour's Norwegian Masters in October.

''I got this year out of the way early,'' Davies said.