Aussie Davis narrowly misses win at Brabazon Trophy

Cameron Davis was in reach of winning the English Men’s Open Stroke Play championship having lead the tournament for 54 holes yet a costly three putt on the final hole gave the tournament away to Englishman Jamie Bower to win the Brabazon Trophy by a single shot at London Golf Club.

Bower shot two-under par 70 to finish on 12-under but only after play had been suspended with Bower and Davis on the 18th green due to a violent thunderstorm.

Cameron Davis Cameron Davis (Credit: Anthony Powter)

When they returned Bower two-putted for par and victory, while Davis missed a short one which would have taken the title battle into a play-off.

Davis began the final round with a two-shot buffer over Bower, however, when Davis made bogey on the second hole while Bower secured a birdie the pair were all even.

The closing back nine saw Davis card three bogies and two birdies for a 1-over-par 37, yet Bower remained calm, firing three birdies to two bogies for a 1-under-par total and two stroke swing over the Aussie.

Bower has tasted international success already in 2016, winning twice in South Africa at the Southern Cap Open Amateur and the Gauteng North Open Amateur.

In 2015, he won at home claiming the Yorkshire Amateur. Earlier in the month he made the top-16 at the British Amateur and is currently ranked 37th under the R&A World Amateur rankings.

To Davis’ credit his UK tour has seen him as arguably our most consistent performer.

A course record 6-under, 65, at Rowallan Castle Golf Club in Scotland during the opening round of a tri-nation challenge between Scotland, Australia and South Africa, a top-10 finish during the British Amateur qualifying before making it through to the round of 32 sets up a fantastic platform for the world number 13 before heading to the US to play their main amateur tournaments.