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Golfer Davis Wins ANZ Championship

February 15, 2004

PORT STEPHENS, Australia (AP) _ England’s Brian Davis won the ANZ Championship on Sunday, birdieing 10 holes in a 17-point final round in the modified Stableford event.

Davis finished with a 44 points on the Horizons Golf Resort for a one-point victory over countryman Paul Casey in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Australasian and European tours.

``I can’t putt any better than that _ that was unbelievable,″ Davis said. ``I rolled the ball beautiful. I had three bogeys, but my main goal today was just to go out there and make as many birdies as I can and see where I finish.″

Under the unique scoring system, players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey, and minus-three for double bogey or higher.

Davis, also the European tour’s 2000 Spanish Open winner, finished with a stroke-play total of 16-under 272.

Casey, the 2002 winner at New South Wales Golf Club, had seven birdies in a bogey-free 14-point round. In stroke-play figures, he also finished at 16 under.

France’s Thomas Levet and Australia’s Nick Flanagan, the U.S. Amateur champion, tied for third at 39, with Levet also finishing with a stroke-play total of 16 under.

England’s Steve Webster, the third-round leader, had minus-two points in the final round to fall into a tie for fifth with 37 points. American Ricky Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champion, tied for eighth with 35 points after a five-point round.

On Friday, Laura Davies missed the cut with a two-day total of minus-13 points _ 40 points behind the second-round leader. The Englishwoman is the only female player to compete in an event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours.

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