Laura Davies, a four-time major champion from England, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Monday night in St. Andrews, Scotland. The only problem? She wasn’t there.
Davies competed in the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania last week, finishing T47 at seven-over, and travel issues prevented the 51-year-old from arriving in St. Andrews in time for the ceremony. Her absence sparked an outcry from the golf world on social media.
Great point from @setty1333. USGA's Tom O'Toole & Mike Davis can make it from Lancaster to WGHOF, but Davies can't? Guess charter was full.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 13, 2015
However, Davies arrived in St. Andrews just in time for the reception. Better late than never, as they say.
She's here!!! Laura Davies makes it to the Reception! pic.twitter.com/QA8qsedm8J— Dave Cordero (@davecordero) July 13, 2015
A report early Monday indicated that Arnold Palmer had sent his private plane to take Davies to St. Andrews in time, but according to Dave Cordero, Director of Communications for the World Golf Hall of Fame, that report was false.
REPORTED: Arnold Palmer, always a gentleman, sending his plane so Laura Davies-after dealing with delays-will be there for WGHOF Induction— Lauren Thompson (@LThompsonGC) July 13, 2015
Media members: Reports of Arnie sending his jet to get Laura Davies are untrue.— Dave Cordero (@davecordero) July 13, 2015
Davies won 20 LPGA events and more than 80 tournaments worldwide. She became the first non-American to finish a season atop the LPGA money list in 1994. That same year, she became the first European woman to reach the No. 1 ranking in the world.
On Monday afternoon, the World Golf Hall of Fame released a statement regarding Davies' absence from the induction ceremony.