Davies must prove she merits Solheim spot: Koch

Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:19pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - European captain Carin Koch has challenged veteran Laura Davies to prove over the next month that she deserves a place in the side that will defend the Solheim Cup against the United States in September.

Davies, who turns 52 in October, is doubly determined to qualify for the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup after missing out on victory in Colorado two years ago.

The former world number one is currently outside the automatic qualifying spots but if she can get inside the top eight by Aug. 23, or gain one of Koch's four wildcard places, she will become the oldest competitor in the history of the event.

"It's all going to come down to this last month," Swede Koch told Reuters in an interview during the men's British Open at St Andrews.

"Laura in good form is always a great player so we'll see how she does this coming month but obviously she's like everybody else, she's had almost two years to get points.

"She's closing in on the top eight so for her, and for some of the other players too, it'll be interesting to see the next few weeks and how it pans out."

Davies has had a remarkable career, winning 80 tournaments worldwide, and if she gets back in the team she will break the record held by Koch's captaincy rival Juli Inkster who was aged 51 and two months when she featured in the Solheim Cup in 2011.

The English great, who had never previously missed the biennial team event since it was launched 25 years ago, told Reuters last month her game from tee to green was as good as it has ever been but lamented her poor putting.   Continued...

Carin Koch of Sweden lines up her shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters December 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Caren Firouz