Dame Laura Davies Outshines Lexi Thompson At Aramco Team Series

Dame Laura Davies Outshines Lexi Thompson At Aramco Team Series

Laura Davies Outshines Lexi Thompson
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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."

See more

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.

Starting the opening round, both Davies and Thompson would produce one-under-par front nines, with their team score standing at three-under-par.

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.

Laura Davies Outshines Lexi Thompson

Davies has 45 LET wins in her near 40-year career. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/Getty Images)

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.

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