Dame Laura Davies had a hole in one at the 12th in the afternoon Pro-Am on Wednesday and is happy with her long game going into the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. She just wants a few more putts to drop! Here she spoke about her form and her beloved football club.
Dame Laura Davies: how does that feel?
It’s providing a lot of fun to all my friends who are enjoying it. It’s the greatest honour. I couldn’t even have imagined it when I started playing the game and I couldn’t even have imagined it until six weeks ago when I heard the news, so it’s amazing.
How much are you looking forward to this?
You’ve got a world class field with Karrie Webb the defending champion and IK Kim, one of the top Korean players. All the top European players are here and hopefully this is going to inspire some of the youngsters. Some of the local youngsters might come and watch us play and they might be the next Karrie Webb. I think that’s what all the sponsors and promoters here hope for, that it just raises women’s golf.
What state is the game in? Is there enough investment?
I think we get undersold, really. Our people work so hard at the LET and they just don’t get corporate Great Britain behind us. This tournament is our flagship event. It’s fantastic, with ISPS and all the other sponsors we’re spoilt, but we need 20 more of these, so this one is a great event which is why it gets the best field.
What about your chances this week? How has 2014 gone for you?
It’s been a frustrating year really because I’ve had a few good weeks and a lot of bad weeks. I always put that down to putting. It seems to be a theme this year. 34 putts a round just doesn’t get the job done. I have to improve on that otherwise I’m not going to get the job done. With my irons I feel like I’m hitting it pretty good.
Does it help having the British Open around the corner?
It’s perfect timing because a lot of players from the LPGA Tour can come over and play in a big event. The Ricoh Women’s British Open is the flagship of the LET and LGU and you get every single player in the world wanting to play that. Michelle Wie will be coming over trying to win back to back major championships.
You are a big Liverpool fan. You’ve just signed Lallana. Then there’s Suárez. What do you make of that?
I think Suárez is gone, isn’t he. I love him, but you’ve got to say he’s got to go because, Barcelona… I don’t think the Spanish worry about their players biting people quite as much as Liverpool fans do and the hierarchy at Liverpool. You know, Lallana, I’ve heard Balotelli’s been thrown into the ring so maybe one bad boy out and one bad boy in. Overall it’s lovely to see all these big names being splashed around at Liverpool now we’re back in the Champions League. I love Brendan Rodgers and I think he’s doing a great job.