No rocking chair and slippers yet for Laura Davies

Fri Jul 3, 2015 5:08am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - If anyone imagined Laura Davies was ready to reach out for her rocking chair and slippers they had better think again because the 51-year-old has her sights on playing in September's Solheim Cup and the 2017 edition.

The former world number one was outside the top eight automatic qualifiers for the biennial team event going into this week's European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London but there is no doubting the British veteran's intentions.

"I think I'm good enough to be among the top 12 players in Europe but it's all about results and the results aren't good enough at the moment," Davies told Reuters in an interview.

"I'm 10th on the points list and I need to be fourth. I'm thinking down the road for the next Solheim Cup as well, I'm not giving up on that at all."

The automatic qualifiers will come from the top four in the Solheim Cup points table and the leading four in the world rankings while Swedish captain Carin Koch also has four wildcard selections up her sleeve.

Davies is already the oldest competitor to feature for Europe in the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, having been 47 when she played in the winning side of 2011.

If she can make the team that will go for an historic third straight victory at St Leon Rot in Germany this year, the Englishwoman will surpass Koch's captaincy counterpart Juli Inkster who was 51 years and two months when she represented the U.S. in 2011.

"I don't mind those sort of records because the fact I'm still being considered means I can still play," said Davies who turns 52 in October.   Continued...

LPGA golfer Laura Davies (ENG) hits a shot out of a bunker on the ninth hole during the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open golf tournament at London Hunt and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports