17 Things You Didn't Know About Dame Laura Davies

17 Things You Didn't Know About Dame Laura Davies

Laura Davies Things You Didn't Know
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Get to know four-time Major champion, Dame Laura Davies, a little better.

17 Things You Didn't Know About Dame Laura Davies

Dame Laura Davies is one of golf's most recognisable and influential stars, with a career spanning nearly 40 years.

During that time, Davies has become one of the most decorated golfers, collecting over 85 professional trophies, including four Major titles.

Here are 17 things you may not know about her.

17 Things You Didn't Know About Dame Laura Davies

1. Laura Jane Davies was born 5th October 1963 in Coventry, England

2. Davies got into golf when she was only 10 years old. She would often play with her father and older brother.

3. Whilst growing up, Davies spent around three years living in Marietta, Georgia. This was due to her fathers job as an engineer for the Lockeed Aircraft Corporation.

4. Davies' hobbies include: fast cars, cooking and sport, with her favourite team being Liverpool FC.

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5. Davies enjoyed a successful amateur career and was part of the GB&I Curtis Cup team in 1984.

6. Turning professional in 1985, Davies went on to win the Belgium Open as well as the Rookie of the Year and Order of Merit.

7. In 1986, she would win the British Women's Open (prior to it becoming a major) the following year, she would win the US Women's Open in an 18-hole playoff against Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner.

8. Davies made her first appearance at the Solheim Cup in 1990, she would go on to play in 12 consecutive cups!

Laura Davies Things You Didn't Know

Davies speaks after winning the 1987 Women's US Open. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

9. Davies is known to enjoy a bet, especially on the football.

10. In the mid 90's, Davies was involved in designing Sutton Green Golf Club in Surrey, helping architect David Walker design the course.

11. Davies was awarded a Damehood by the Queen in the 2014 honours list.

12. In 2015, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall Of Fame.

13. Davies is also an honorary member of St Andrews, an accolade given to her by the R&A.

14. Currently, she has 87 professional wins and is also the all time leading winner on the Ladies European Tour with 45 victories.

15. Davies became the first female to play in a men's European Tour event in 2004, entering the ANZ Championship in Australia, she would fail to make the cut.

Laura Davies Things You Didn't Know

Catriona Matthew and Davies in a press conference during the 2019 Solheim Cup. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

16. In 2019, Davies made her first appearance as a vice captain under Catriona Matthew at Gleneagles. Team Europe would triumph in a phenomenal event, 14.5 - 13.5.

17. Davies has previously worked with the BBC with their Open coverage. She currently works for Sky Sports and covered the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x