Laura Davies playing against men in Denmark stop of Staysure Tour

LAURA Davies is teeing it up against the men this week in Denmark, and it isn't the first time.

Davies will become the first woman to play on the Staysure Tour, the senior circuit on the European Tour, at the Shipco Masters.

"You only get one chance to become the first, and the time is right to do it," Davies said. "I've very grateful to the Staysure Tour for being so forward-thinking, to the tour's members who have been so supportive of this decision, and the organizers at Simon's Golf Club who extended the invitation to me."

Davies was among the first women in the last 20 years to compete against men. Europe's greatest female player took part in an exhibition called the "Super Tour" in 1998 in which nine pros matched scorecards from rounds in four Asian cities over four days. Vijay Singh won. Davies finished 39 shots behind.

She also played the Korean Open on the Asian Tour in 2003 and missed the cut.

Earlier this year, the European Tour had two all-women teams in its GolfSixes events, and a mixed team of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew.

Davies committed to the senior event in August and said her anticipation has only grown.

"I am particularly encouraged by the increasing number of opportunities arising for women and men to compete in the same event," Davies said. "This is my turn to do so and I hope to see many more opportunities in future in all manner of formats."

Davies has four majors among 86 victories around the world. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.

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