North Carolina — Prize money in women’s golf pales in comparison to the riches on offer for men, but Laura Davies thinks the $70m up for grabs on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour in 2019 represents success by any reasonable measure. Never mind that the PGA Tour will distribute about $500m to its players in 2019. Women’s professional golf is doing just fine, according to Davies. At 55, the Englishwoman, who has more than 30 years on the tour, remembers the days when only a couple of dozen elite LPGA players made a decent living, while the vast majority scraped by with barely enough to cover their expenses. It is a different story now. In 2018, 14 players had more than $1m in official LPGA earnings, while 101 players cracked six figures. That does not take into account off-course earnings from sponsors and commercial endorsements. “I think we’re doing great,” Davies said ahead of May’s US Senior Open at Pine Needles in North Carolina. “At the US Women’s Open this y...

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