Golf: DAVIS LOVE!; It's Brian Not Laura Who Steals Crown

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Byline: SCOTT DOUGLAS

BRIAN DAVIS vowed to give his old mate Gary Evans a "large back-hander" and a heavy night on the tiles after a putting lesson ignited his game.

The 29-year-old yesterday won the ANZ Championship in Sydney to end a near four-year wait for a second European Tour title.

While Laura Davies made all the headlines in the build-up to the event with her contro-versial appearance on the men's tour - though she easily missed the cut - it was Londoner Davis who had the final word.

He sunk 10 birdies in his final round seven-under-par 65 to secure a dramatic one-point victory over defending champion Paul Casey in the modified stableford event.

Evans bunked down with Davis at the Horizons Resort free of charge this week and repaid his old mate by making crucial and timely adjustments to his putting stroke.

The lesson paid immediate dividends as Davis played deliberately aggressive golf and limited himself to just three bogeys for a score of 17 points and a winning 44-point total.

He then sat back, munching on cereal, and watched as Casey missed an 18-foot eagle putt on the last to finish second on 43 points.

The win guaranteed Davis fourth place in the Ryder Cup rankings and entry to the Accenture World Matchplay.

"There is the boy right there, Mr Evans," said Davis spotting his mate lurking at the back of the press conference. …