Davis beats star-studded field to claim Aussie Open
22-year-old New South Welshman Cameron Davis has trumped a leaderboard full of PGA TOUR stars to win the Emirates Australian Open.
Starting the day six shots back of overnight leader and World Number 12 Jason Day, Davis fired a phenomenal 7-under 64 to win his first professional title on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“It’s a little bit numb at the moment, I think. I just didn’t expect to be in this situation, even though I had a great round, I just didn’t think I was going to be far enough up the leaderboard,” said Davis.
“I didn’t look at the leaderboard all day; that was probably good for me to do. I just kept on going, just tried to keep playing my game and just keep pushing and pushing and see how far up I could get really.”Cameron Davis (Credit: Paul Lakatos)
“I didn’t even see the leaderboard before I hit that putt on the last hole. I made that, and I thought, I’ll be up around the top, but to come into the scorer’s hut and see where I was at, I was kind of blown away. I had no idea I was going to be there.”
Davis began his campaign on Thursday firing an opening round of 63 to lead before over par rounds of 72 and 74 on Friday and Saturday saw his chances fall away.
However his talent shone through at The Australian today as he fired five birdies, an eagle and bogey to capture the Stonehaven Cup by one shot from fellow New South Welshman Matt Jones and Swede Jonas Blixt.
A further shot back on 9-under was Queenslander Cameron Smith and another stroke off the pace at 8-under was Day, who rounded out the top-5.
The four players to finish behind Davis at the Emirates Australian Open are all PGA TOUR winners which highlights a bright future lies ahead for the newly crowned champion.
“Now that I know I can go and play my best golf in a situation like this, it’s a massive boost for the future,” said Davis.
“It’s always been one thing to have a good round of golf, but to have a good round of golf in the final round of a tournament where you’re sort of in contention, that’s where I’d say I was at today. I wasn’t right at the top, but I was far enough back where a good round could potentially put myself up there.”
“For the future, to know that I can play my best golf under the most pressure you can really feel, is so good,” added Davis, who will next play at the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School.
As well as his national title, Davis has secured a place in the field at the 147th Open Championship to be played at Carnoustie Golf Links from 19-22 July.
“It’s my first Major so, I’ve got no idea what to expect. I know it’s going to be huge. I wasn’t even thinking about that at all today,” added Davis, who hopes to follow in Jordan Spieth’s footsteps of winning both a Stonehaven Cup and Claret Jug.
“If I can follow in Spieth’s footsteps, I’d be pretty happy. That’s going to be pretty tough to do, but I’m going to give it my best shot now that I’ve actually got the opportunity to go and play in it.”
Earning the other two positions on offer at the Emirates Australian Open were Matt Jones and Jonas Blixt.
For his win Davis earned AU$225,000 and status on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2022 season.
From Sydney the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia now travels to the Gold Coast in Queensland for the Australian PGA Championship to be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 30 November to 3 December.