Dame Laura Davies plans to channel her inner Tom Watson to defy age and push for glory at Women's British Open
In her 37th successive Ricoh Women’s British Open, Dame Laura Davies plans to channel her inner Tom Watson and remind everyone of her enduring qualities at Kingsbarns. While Davies is 53 and Watson was 59 when he was beaten by a play-off at the Open at Turnberry in 2009, that was “only” his 32nd appearance in the British major. Davies ensured her staggering run continued by coming through qualifying on Monday. And the Godmother of English golf is not in Fife merely to wave at the galleries. “Obviously Tom Watson nearly won it a few years back and links golf is a great leveller. If ever you're going to have a chance, this would be the sort of course,” Davies said. “It would be as big a shock when Tom was in there, when, let's face it, he should have won it.” VIDEO: Tom Watson reacts to Open playoff 01:02 The four-time major winner, who lifted this title 31 years ago, is known for being fond of a gamble and, although she is not allowed to invest on golf events, she feels the ridiculous 1500-1 odds might represent some value. “I wouldn't put anyone off it,” she said. “The results say that I'm going to do rubbish, but I know and my caddie knows how well we're playing. I fully expect to have a half-decent week, I really do, because I'm driving it so well. "I'm not saying I can win it - obviously that'd be a ludicrous statement. But I think I can make the cut and have a good weekend. The last time at Birkdale, about three years ago, I finished ninth and I'm playing better now than I was then. There's no point being here if you don't back yourself to have a decent week. It does look very open this week.” Indeed, it is hard to pick out a winner. At least one of the Korean trio of world No 1 So Yeon Rui, Sung Hyun Park and Inbee Park must feature, while Lexi Thompson, the American who has climbed to a career-high world No 2, would be a popular winner after the rules controversy which cost her victory in the Ana Inspiration, the first major of the year. And the 22 year-old has a local connection, too. Thompson’s caddie, Kevin McAlpine, is the son of Hamish, the highly-popular goalkeeper for nearby Dundee United from the 60s through to the 80s.