South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace has won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, fending off a challenge from England's Laura Davies.

Dubai –Lee-Anne Pace has won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, fending off a challenge from England's Laura Davies at the season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 29-year-old Pace is the first South African to top the women's money list.

Although she struggled to an 11-over total of 299 in Dubai on Saturday, the 56th-ranked Pace won her first tournament on the tour in Switzerland in June and then four more to take the money lead.

Davies, who stood second in the money list coming into Dubai, needed a top-two finish to overtake Pace. But she shot a 3-over 75

on the first day to effectively end the title race.

Davies finished with a 1-over total of 289 which puts her in a tie for 19th with 12 players still out on the course. – Sapa-AP