Cameron set to join the Aussie PGA champs

Coun­try Club of Jack­son, Ridge­land, Mis­sis­sippi

The Racing Paper - - Golf | Formula One - by Mitchell Platts

CAMERON Davis can con­tinue a strik­ing trend by be­com­ing the fifth player in suc­ces­sion to score his maiden PGA Tour vic­tory in the San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship.

The 6ft 4in from Syd­ney is seek­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of Amer­i­cans Ryan Ar­mour, Cody Grib­ble and Peter Mal­nati and Cana­dian Nick Tay­lor on the 7,421 yards (par 72) Coun­try Club of Jack­son course.

Davis’ pedi­gree sug­gests it will not be long be­fore he joins the long line of Aus­tralians who have tri­umphed on the PGA Tour. He won the 2015 Aus­tralian Am­a­teur and helped his coun­try to a ru­n­away suc­cess in the 2016 Eisen­hower Tro­phy in Mex­ico where he was also the in­di­vid­ual win­ner.

Then he spec­tac­u­larly notched a first pro­fes­sional win by fir­ing a clos­ing 64 to take the 2017 Emi­rates Aus­tralian Open.

The 23-year-old grad­uat ed by win­ning on last sea­son’s Web.com Tour in which he closed with a third place in the Tour Cham­pi­onship.

Davis, who fin­ished a re­spectable 39th on his Open Cham­pi­onship de­but, ap­pears to have the per­fect cre­den­tials to suc­ceed Ar­mour, who cap­tured the ti­tle 12 months ago at 42.

But he will not be alone in bat­tling for that PGA Tour break­through be­cause Korean Sung­jae Im, 20, is just one of many am­bi­tious young­sters in the field.

Sim­i­lar to Davis, Im pro­gressed from last year’s Web.com Tour on which he also won, em­pha­sised his po­ten­tial with a 42nd place fin­ish in the US PGA Cham­pi­onship and started his life on the PGA Tour with three birdies in his last four holes to tie fourth in the Safe­way Open.

Com­plet­ing the stak­ing plan is Chase Wright as the 29-year-old from Bloom­ing­ton, In­di­ana, also has his sights on a first PGA Tour win af­ter a con­fi­dence­boost­ing tie for tenth in the Safe­way Open.

Pedi­gree: Cameron Davis

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