Dame Laura Davies produced a two-under-par round of 71 to eclipse her team Captain, Lexi Thompson, at the first round of the Aramco Team Series.
Dame Laura Davies Outshines Lexi Thompson At Aramco Team Series
Despite a 31 year age gap, Dame Laura Davies produced a first round 71 at Centurion Club – A whole two shots better than her Captain, Lexi Thompson.
Thompson, who is one of the big headliners at the event, picked Davies for her team, admitting she “couldn’t wait” to tee it up alongside the four-time Major champion.
“I’m really looking forward to being paired with Laura. Just playing this event, it’s a great honour to be here.
“I’ve played with Laura quite a bit and she’s just an amazing person – but what a game. She will pull off some shots that we’ll never see – that’s the amazing part.”
The format for the event comprises of two 54-hole competitions, an ‘individual stroke play’ and a ‘team’ event, with the two best net scores on the hole from the four player team counting towards the team score.
With a birdie at the par-3 11th, Thompson would then make back-to-back bogies at the 12th and 13th to sit at level-par for the day.
Davies on the other hand would birdie the 15th and 16th to get to three-under-par, with her only blemish of the day coming at the par-5 last.
With the 57-year-old shooting two-under-par, her Captain would finish the day at level, with their team score of seven-under-par putting them nine shots back of the leaders.
Currently, Lee-Anne Pace’s team sit at the top of the leaderboard at 16-under-par, with Kelsey Macdonald, Leonie Harm and Anne Van Dam leading the individual standings at six-under-par (67).
Pace, who claimed the South African Women’s Open in May, produced a blemish free round of 68, with her team of Anne-Lise Caudal and Carolin Kauffman shooting rounds of 73 and 70.