'No clubs, no clothes'

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Eleven years ago everything was perfect from beginning to end for Laura Davies when she came to Edmonton and won the du Maurier Classic.

Eleven years later? Not so much.

Davies pulled the plug on playing in the Pro-Am for the CN Canadian Women's Open here yesterday after her airline lost her luggage.

"No clubs. No clothes. Nothing," she said on her cellphone as she shopped at a local mall.

"I'm trying to find something to wear on the golf course right now."

With a 12:10 tee off time playing in a grouping with Pat Hurst and Meaghan Francella, she couldn't wait to go shopping in the morning if her stuff didn't show up overnight.

"No practice round. No Pro-Am. It's the way it goes. This is the fifth time in my career I've lost my luggage. I'm getting used to it. But I'm not getting any happier about it," she said.

Everything went perfect in 1996 including a final round 66 to win it.

"Now? Well, what can I tell you? There's nothing I can do about it."

That was then. This is now.

"That tournament here in 1996, it was the last major I won," she said of the event which lost major status since.

"It was a great week. I remember having a pretty fair finish. I remember that I birdied 16. Obviously I remember shooting a 66 on Sunday."

Eleven years is not a long time on the sands of time, but it is in sport.

Eleven years ago Laura Davies was 32 and in the prime of her career. Now she's 43 and needs two more wins to make it into the Hall of Fame.

Since she left Edmonton in 1996, Davies has only won five tourneys. The first non-American to finish at the top of the LPGA money list, she's been winless since the Australian Women's Open in 2003.

"I'd like to do it. I'm pretty confident I will. I've been playing very, very well," said the native of Coventry, England, who goes into this tournament 21st on the money list with $489,190 won so far this season and ninth on the all-time LPGA earnings with $8,205,857.

"I may have only had five wins on the LPGA Tour since I played here in '96, but I've had lots in Europe and Asia."

She's only missed one cut this year - at the British Women's Open.

The question coming into the Canadian is what does it do to your mindset when you don't have your clubs and clothes?

"I don't know about my mindset. It depends if my clothes and my clubs come. If they do, I'll shake it off quick.

"I understand the club pro is going to lend me his golf clubs. If I'm playing with someone else's clubs it might be something completely different. If it's somebody else's clubs I'm going to have to get up early and get to the range to give the clubs a bit of a go. I can't even get to the range now because I have nothing to wear."

Beware a woman who says she has nothing to wear.


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