Laura Davies seals second senior major of 2018 after four-shot win

Dame Laura Davies

Senior LPGA Championship final leaderboard
-8 L Davies (Eng); -4 H Alfredsson (Swe), S Cavalleri; -1 M Redman (US); +1 B Burton (US)
Selected others: +3 T Johnson (Eng); +4 C Matthew (Sco)

Britain’s Laura Davies won her second senior major of the year with a four-shot victory at the Senior LPGA Championship in Indiana.

The 55-year-old, who won four majors on the regular LPGA Tour, began the final day of the three-round event at French Lick with a two-stroke advantage.

She carded a two-under 70 for an eight-under total, having won the US Senior Women’s Open by 10 shots in July.

Fellow Englishwoman Trish Johnson finished sixth.

Only four players finished with an under par total at the Pete Dye course, with Davies the only player to shoot below par for all three rounds.

She finished in style at the 500-yard 18th by rolling in a six-foot putt for her fourth birdie of the day.

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Michele Thomson eyes title at Indian Open after second-place finish

Michele Thomson celebrates winning a medal at the European Championships

Scotland’s Michele Thomson hopes finishing second at last year’s Women’s Indian Open can help her to success in this year’s tournament.

Thomson was leading after 15 holes of the final round before finishing one behind France’s Camille Chevalier.

It was the 30-year-old’s career-best finish and she returns to the DLF Golf and Country Club this week.

“I’m playing well again and I’ve got good memories from here, so hopefully I can go one better,” she said.

“I’m approaching it in exactly the same way and I’m super excited to be back. The course has been lengthened a little bit, but it feels like the same kind of place.”

Thomson, who recorded a course-record eight-under-par 64 in the second round last year, finished third in Wednesday’s pro-am at the course near New Delhi.

The Aberdonian has made six cuts from 10 starts, including a season-best finish of 15th in the Canberra Classic, and also won two medals at the European Championships in Glasgow in August.

Thomson arrived in India on the back of a 49th-place finish in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and 33rd place in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain.

She is 90th on the Ladies European Tour order of merit but needs to move back inside the top 80 to be assured of her full card for next year.

“I need a good finish this week but just want to enjoy it and play sensible,” she said. “I just want to enjoy the week and the same kind of outcome as last year would be ideal.”

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Pepperell ‘grinds’ way to British Masters victory

Eddie Pepperell

British Masters final leaderboard (Eng unless stated)
-9: E Pepperell -7: A Bjork (Swe) -5: L Herbert (Aus), J Smith -4: S Horsfield, T Lewis, J Suri (US) -3: J Rose
Selected others:-2 O Farr (Wal), A Sullivan, T Fleetwood -1 S Brown, M Fitzpatrick, M Wallace
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England’s Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters.

The 27-year-old took a three-shot lead into the final day at Walton Heath, and closed out the win by carding a level-par 72 to finish on nine under.

Victory means Pepperell, who also won the Qatar Masters in February, will break into the world’s top 35 for the first time.

“I am over the moon,” Pepperell told Sky Sports.

“It was such a tough day with the conditions. I didn’t swing well from the get-go. It was an absolute grind.”

Pepperell finished two shots ahead of playing partner Alexander Bjork of Sweden, who carded a one-under-par 71 to finish.

Australia’s Lucas Herbert and England’s Jordan Smith finished a further two shots back, with 2002 winner and tournament host Justin Rose eighth on three under.

More to follow.

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Charley Hull second at KEB Hana Bank Championship behind In Gee Chun

Charley Hull

Final leaderboard
16 IG Chun (Kor); -13 C Hull (Eng); -12 Park (Kor), M Lee (Aus), A Jutanugarn (Thai), D Kang (US)
Selected others: -5 JE Shadoff (Eng); -4 B Law (Eng)

England’s Charley Hull finished second at the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, three shots behind home favourite In Gee Chun.

Hull had shared the lead with American Danielle Kang after the third round but two-time major winner Chun carded a six-under-par 66 to win on 16 under.

Hull shot a 71 to finish three back on 13 under.

“I’m so happy to win in front of these fans,” said Chun, 24, who had seven birdies and a bogey in her final round.

Korea’s world number one Park Sung-hyun, Australian Minjee Lee, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and American Kang were a stroke behind Hull in a tie for third.

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff was in a tie for 19th on five under, a shot ahead of compatriot Bronte Law.

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Pepperell takes three-shot lead into final day of British Masters

Eddie Pepperell in action in round three

British Masters third-round leaderboard (Eng unless stated)
-9: E Pepperell -6: A Bjork (Swe), J Suri (US), J Guerrier (Fra), J Smith -4: A Pavan (Ita), M Wallace
Selected others:-4 M Wallace -3 M Fitzpatrick -2 T Fleetwood -1 J Rose
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England’s Eddie Pepperell will take a three-shot lead into the final day of the British Masters after a one-under 71 in the third round moved him to nine under par.

The 27-year-old, seeking his second European Tour title, hit two bogeys and a birdie and was four clear when he holed an eagle on the par-five 11th.

Victory on Sunday would see him break into the world’s top 35.

“I felt comfortable out there,” said Qatar Masters winner Pepperell.

“I didn’t see any shots that frightened me and it’s about time I kicked on and won another event.

“I’m confident I can shoot three or four under on Sunday and make everyone else’s life more difficult.”

Fellow Englishman Jordan Smith is one of four tied for second on six under, alongside Sweden’s Alexander Bjork, American Julian Suri, and Julien Guerrier of France.

England’s Matt Wallace, who shared the first-round lead with Pepperell and Tommy Fleetwood, is another two shots back in a tie for sixth with Italy’s Andrea Pavan.

Fleetwood, part of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team earlier this month, is seven shots off the lead after a two-under 70, while tournament host Justin Rose is a further shot back after carding a 69.

A top-two finish at Walton Heath would send Rose, 38, top of the world rankings for the second time this season.

“That hasn’t actually been on my mind,” said the 2002 British Masters champion.

“It’s going to be tough to get there as I’ve got a lot of points to defend, but I’ve just got to focus on playing well.”

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Hull retains joint leadership in South Korea

Charley Hull

KEB Hana Bank Championship third-round leaderboard
-12 C Hull (Eng), D Kang (US); -11 A Jutanugarn (Tha); -10 IG Chun (Kor), M Lee (Aus), L Ko (NZ); -9 SH Park (Kor), SW Bae (Kor).
Selected others: -3 B Law (Eng)
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England’s Charley Hull retained a share of the lead after a third-round 68 at the the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.

The 22-year-old finished with a birdie on the 18th in Incheon to go to 12 under par alongside Danielle Kang from the United States.

She completed a bogey-free round and goes into the final day chasing a first win since the 2016 Tour Championship.

England’s Bronte Law is in tied 16th place on three under.

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‘No fear’ for leader Pepperell as Fleetwood struggles at British Masters

Eddie Pepperell

British Masters second-round leaderboard (Eng unless stated)
-8: E Pepperell; -5: M Wallace, J Guerrier (Fra); -4: J Smith; -3: R Fisher, A Sullivan, S Horsefield, L Bjerregaard, J Suri (US)
Selected others who missed cut: D Willett (+4), O Fisher (+5), L Westwood (+5), L Donald (+7)
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England’s Eddie Pepperell feels there is “nothing to be afraid of” as continued fine form helped him lead the British Masters at the halfway stage.

Pepperell shared the round one lead with compatriots Matt Wallace and Tommy Fleetwood on five under but a three-under-par 69 moved him to eight under.

Wallace is tied second with Frenchman Julien Guerrier on five under, while Fleetwood carded a five-over 77.

Fleetwood said he endured a “nightmare” on the greens in windy conditions.

Only 15 of the 124 players left in the field were under par in their second round at Walton Heath, with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard delivering the best mark of the day, carding five under to move to three under for the tournament.

A handful of players – including Guerrier tied in second – will need to conclude their closing holes from round two on Saturday morning as play was suspended for darkness shortly after 18:00 BST on Friday.

No PGA Tour and no fear for Eddie

Pepperell, who produced a hole-in-one and an eagle in his first round, wiped out two bogeys in round two with five birdies – one courtesy of chipping in from off the green on the third hole.

The Oxford-born player is averaging under 70 strokes per round on the European Tour this season for the first time in his career. A win at the Qatar Masters and a second-place finish at the Scottish Open in July have lifted him to 50th in the world rankings.

He said: “I’m really excited because I do think I can really improve my long game over the weekend and if I can do that then I want to take the mindset of dominating the event, because why shouldn’t I?

“I’ve got to be aggressive, keep trying to play the shots and I don’t think there is anything to be afraid of, for sure.”

A win on Sunday would take Pepperell into the world’s top 35 but he insists he is not keen on following other successful Britons in moving from the European Tour to America’s PGA Tour.

“I’m not interested in playing over there in a full-time capacity for certain,” he added. “I’m really happy where I’m at. I get to see America five, six times a year and I think that’s perfect. And that’s meant as a compliment as much as anything else because I want to enjoy it for what it is.”

Fleetwood said he “played fine” despite struggling to a 77 containing five bogeys and no birdies. A 78 in the third round of the US Open is the only time he has posted a higher score this season.

“I just had a nightmare on the greens really,” he said. “I actually played all right. I basically three-putted 11, 12 and 13 and literally had no idea what the break was going to do or the wind. I never once got it right.

“It was so difficult. I holed my fair share yesterday but I was so far out today on the greens. I can easily think of shots to save and get it round in level par.”

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Charley Hull: English golfer in four-way tie for lead at South Korean LPGA event

Charley Hull

KEB Hana Bank Championship second-round leaderboard
-8 A Jutanugarn, S Park (SKor), C Hull (Eng), D Kang (US); -6 L Ko (Nzl), N Hataoka (Jpn); -5 M Lee (Aus); -4 SW Bae (SKor), S Gal (Ger), IG Chun (SKor)
Selected others: EB Law (Eng)
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England’s Charley Hull shares a four-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage of the KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.

The 22-year-old added a second round of 69 to her opening 67 in Incheon to finish eight under par.

She was nine under on the turn after an eagle on the par-five seventh hole but consecutive birdies and a 17th hole bogey saw her slip back.

World number one Sung Hyun Park is among the four sharing the lead.

They are joined on eight under by Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and America’s Danielle Kang.

Korean home favourite Park said: “Overall, it wasn’t a bad round.

“Those miscues stuck in my mind for a bit, but I was able to pick up a handful of birdies as well.”

First-round leader Nasa Hataoka of Japan is two shots off the pace with a second-round 73.

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Pepperell shares British Masters lead after ‘bizarre’ hole-in-one

Eddie Pepperell

British Masters first-round leaderboard
-5 T Fleetwood (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng), M Wallace (Eng); -4 R McEvoy (Eng), M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), J Lagergren (Swe), D Lipsky (US), A Levy (Fra)
Selected others: -3 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -1 D Willett (Eng); E M Kaymer (Ger); +2 J Rose (Eng), L Westwood (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco)
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Eddie Pepperell shot a spectacular hole-in-one on the opening day of the British Masters as he shared the first-round lead with fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace.

Pepperell’s ace came at the ninth, the 27-year-old’s tee-shot spinning back into the cup after hitting the flag.

He followed it with a birdie on the 10th and an eagle on the 11th, eventually finishing on five under.

“It was a bizarre shot from where I was standing,” he said.

“It looked like it pitched in the hole, jumped up and looked like it was going long because of the height it came out, and obviously went in.

“I played awfully in the pro-am on Wednesday – probably the worst I have in a while – and I wouldn’t say I played great today but I had that really hot run and it’s great to be at the top with Matt and Tommy.”

Fleetwood, part of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team earlier this month, also produced a freak shot on the opening day.

The 27-year-old’s tee-shot on the par-three 17th finished in a cup holder in a buggy which had been parked to the left of the green.

He said: “Luckily it didn’t go in the beer in the other cup holder because it would have ruined a drink and the golf ball.”

Fleetwood’s Ryder Cup team-mate and Race to Dubai rival Francesco Molinari is six shots behind, while England’s Richard McEvoy is among a pack of five on four under.

Justin Rose – the competition’s host this year and the 2002 winner – finished his opening round on two over, alongside fellow Englishman Lee Westwood.

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Westwood backs Harrington for 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington

Lee Westwood has ruled himself out of contention to be Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain and is instead backing Padraig Harrington for the role.

Westwood, 45, had previously expressed an interest in captaining the team at Whistling Straits but now prefers to wait until the 2022 match in Rome.

“I’d like to be playing in two years’ time,” the Englishman told Sky Sports.

“I think Padraig Harrington is the ideal candidate for the captaincy. I’d prefer to do it in Rome if possible.”

Harrington and Westwood were both vice-captains to Thomas Bjorn for the win at Le Golf National last month.

Three-time major winner Harrington, 47, is the favourite to succeed Dane Bjorn for the matches in two years’ time.

Westwood, Europe’s fifth-highest Ryder Cup points scorer, was thought to be the Irishman’s main rival but instead has his eyes on the 2022 matches at Marco Simone near Rome.

Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington

‘Harrington is the favourite’

The European captain is selected by a panel featuring European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, a member of the Tour’s players’ committee and the previous three captains, which this time will be Bjorn plus Irishmen Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.

Bjorn, who will play alongside Harrington and Westwood in the first two rounds of this week’s British Masters at Walton Heath, has suggested Harrington is now the front-runner for 2020.

“There’s a process to go through and I think you’ve got to look at whether we are covering all bases,” he said.

“But I’ve always said when you’ve got somebody that’s a three-time major champion and has the pedigree Padraig has and holds the respect of the players that he does, it would be difficult to see him not doing it at some stage.

“If he wants it this time around, it’s difficult to get around that he is very much the favourite to get the job.”

The selection panel is to meet in December to discuss Europe’s next captain.

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