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MELBOURNE, Australia - Laura Davies of England shot a 5-under-par 68 Sunday to win her second Australian Open and 29th Ladies European Tour event by a stroke, benefiting from her closest rivals confusion at who was leading late.
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. Davies, 45, saved her best golf for the weekend, going 11-under-par over the final two rounds at the Metropolitan Golf Club. She finished with a 7-under total of 285, ahead of Spains Tania Elosegui (70). Karrie Webb was tied for sixth after a 74, five strokes back. Davies, the 2004 winner, bogeyed the 18th hole while Elosegui birdied 17, putting the Spanish player into the lead with one hole to go and Davies in the clubhouse. "At the time I must admit I thought Id blown it - I pretty much knew it was (Tania) who made the putt on 17," Davies said. But Elosegui (70) mistakenly thought she was trailing, and had a double-bogey six on the 18th to hand Davies the title. Elosegui said she saw Davies score at 8 under on the leaderboard - before Davies bogey on 18. "I looked at the leaderboard on the 16th green and I saw that I was seven under, so she (Davies) was tied with me and then I looked again on the 17th hole and she was eight under," Elosegui said. "I made my putt for birdie (on 17) so at that moment I thought we were tied and on the last I said to myself, just try to make another birdie." Elosegui hit into a greenside bunker on her approach, and when she stood over her first putt of 20 feet she thought she needed to make it to tie Davies. "So I really hit it and it went too long," she said. As the ball sailed past the hole, Elosegui had in her own mind conceded the tournament. "In the second putt I was not really thinking I have to make this to go to a playoff because I was like, OK, Im second and thats it. Then my caddie told me Laura finished seven under, she bogeyed the last and I was, no, I cant believe that." Davies said she usually keeps a close, accurate eye on the leaderboard. "I never understand the leaderboard thing, not looking," Davies said. "You have to know where you stand. Im not criticizing her in any way, shape or form. Its just I like to look at leaderboards." Davies, who picked up three shots in two holes with an eagle at 14 and a birdie at 15, also has 20 victories on the LPGA Tour, including five majors. "In these conditions, youve just got to take what you can get," Davies said of the swirling winds. "I had a stupid three-putt (for bogey on the par-3 11th), but overall I played well, played solid." Another English golfer, Melissa Reid, was tied for third after a 69, level with South Koreans Choi He-yong (69) and Lee Chang-hee (73). Lee led after each of the second and third rounds and took a one-stroke lead into Sunday. Australian Katherine Hull (70), who won last weeks Australian Masters, finished tied for sixth with Webb, who was attempting to win her third Australian Open in a row and fifth overall. Two Americans who trailed Lee by one stroke into the final round faded badly. Former star amateur Alison Walshe was tied for 16th after a 78 and Beth Allen was tied for 26th after an 80. The top American was Diana DAlessio, who tied for 13th after a 75, seven strokes behind Davies. At the trophy presentations, Davies spoke of the wildfires just north of Melbourne last weekend that killed at least 180 people. All gate receipts from Sundays final round were donated to the Red Cross Victorian (state) Bushfire Appeal. "I know its been a tough week for many people," Davies said. "Thank you all for coming out today and for helping out those who have been affected by this tragedy."
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. Sheffield, who had been sidelined since May 27 with a strained left oblique, pulled the Tigers to within 8-4 on his fourth homer of the season. Marcus Thames led off the seventh inning with a double to center, and Sheffield followed with a long drive to left to slice the deficit to four. "I feel great. I think going down there did me a lot of good, gave me the rest that I needed. My shoulder feels great so Im encouraged by it," said Sheffield. The Tigers got two runners on with two outs in the ninth against Ryan Franklin, on a one-out walk to Thames and a two-out single by Edgar Renteria. Ivan Rodriguez smashed a hard grounder to the right side, but Kennedy made a nice diving stop to end the game. The Cardinals jumped on top on a Renteria error in the third, as his misplay of a Barton grounder allowed Stavinoha to score from third with two outs. Rodriguez tied the game with his third homer of the season, a solo shot to left-center with two outs in the third, and then Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers in front with a solo homer to right with two outs in the fourth. St. Louis answered with a long ball, however, with Brian Barton going deep to left with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth, his second homer of the season, knotting the game at 2-2. Game Notes Cabreras homer was his 11th of the season..The Tigers home winning streak ended at six games..Rogers has allowed just four runs in a span of 36 innings prior to Tuesday..To make room for Sheffield, the Tigers optioned rookie first baseman Jeff Larish to Triple-A Toledo. In 15 games with the Tigers, Larish hit .200 with a homer and seven RBI. ' ' '