Davies has won three titles herself this season. The first was the New South Wales Open in February, which was an Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) event. She then retained her Austrian title at the UNIQA Ladies Golf Open presented by Raiffeisen on the Ladies European Tour in September and completed the hat trick with a win at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco in November, which was a non-official invitational tournament.
She recorded a further four top ten finishes on the LET in 2008 and one on the LPGA: a tie for ninth at the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola, but has mixed feelings about her season so far.
“I’m very happy with the wins but I’m not very happy with how I played in America. I was 95th on the money list which is my lowest by 35 spots. The only time I was outside the top 40 was once in ’91 and this year is my worst finish on the LPGA so I’m very disappointed,” the four time major winner said.
“I didn’t play well in America. I got off to a bad start. My step-dad had an operation in February and I missed the first four tournaments. I always felt I was a little bit behind everyone when I started. I think I put too much pressure on myself and I ended up playing badly. It was all in my own mind and I caused myself a bad year really.”
Davies is starting next season early with four events in Australia and is hoping to be more positive.
“I want to keep winning. I’ve won 71 tournaments and I want to carry on,” she said. “I just love the competition.”
At 45-years old she has been playing for 10 years longer than Sorenstam but unlike the Swede, there are no signs of her giving up her career just yet.
“I want to be ready to go again next year and be in The Solheim Cup. That is a big thing for me next year,” she said. If she can win the €75,000 first prize at the Dubai Ladies Masters next week or add a few top- ten finishes, then an 11th Solheim Cup appearance next year will be a very likely bet.