PORT STEPHENS, Australia -- 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 44 points 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.