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European Tour Article

Brian Davis clinches ANZ with 10 birdies

Brian Davis holding the ANZ Championship trophy.
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England’s Brian Davis clinched the ANZ Championship in Australia with a final round 65, worth 17 points under the modified Stableford scoring system. The points system adopted for the ANZ encourages attacking play by awarding 8 points for an albatross, 5 for an eagle, 2 for a birdie and only penalizes bogeys with minus 1 point and multiple bogeys with minus 3 points. Davis’ round included 3 bogeys but they only made a small dent in the 20 points he gained for his 10 birdies.
His final total of 44 points saw him in the clubhouse with a 3-point lead with fellow English-men Paul Casey (right) and Steve Webster, his closest challengers still out on the Horizons Golf Resort course.

Paul Casey. Photo - Getty Images

Steve Webster. Photo- Getty Images

While defending champion, Casey could only manage one more birdie to finish second, Webster (left) dropped back to finish tied for sixth place after a disastrous double bogey on the last. Overnight leader, Webster, bogeyed the 17th and needed an eagle on the 18th to notch up his first European Tour win after being runner-up on 4 occasions in recent years.
But it was not to be. He put his tee-shot out of bounds, then sent his provisional into the water and ended up with a double bogey on the last hole. He shared sixth place with Nick O’Hern (Australia) who was also looking for his maiden European Tour victory after 2 previous runner-up spots. The pair had led the field for much of the final day.
Another Australian, Nick Flanaghan (right), a 19 year old amateur, put in an excellent performance over the four days to finish tied for third place on 39 points with Scott Gardiner (Australia) and Thomas Levet (France).

Nick Flanaghan. Photo - Getty Images

Former Ladies World #1, Laura Davies failed to make the cut, finishing with a points total of minus 13, ahead of only one of her male opponents. She was the first female golfer to compete on the Men’s European Tour.

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