Davis holds on to secure maiden PGA Tour title

05 July 2021 18:53:20 GMTPlus10

Australian Cam Davis secured the first PGA Tour title of his career on Sunday as he won a three-way playoff at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

The 26-year-old got the better of American Troy Merritt and Chile's Joaquin Niemann on Sunday afternoon, with the trio finishing the 72 holes tie on 18-under par.

Niemann bogeyed the first hole to drop out of the race, but he will still take plenty of confidence from his performance as he prepares to tee off at The Open Championship this month, where he is 61.00 to win.

With Niemann out of the picture, Merritt and Davis went head-to-head, and it looked as if fans were in for a long afternoon as the duo continued to match each other's scores.

I'm really proud of that, and that's a testament to some of the hard work we've put in.

Cam Davis

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However, Davis held his nerve when he and Merritt headed back to the 15th for the fifth playoff hole. Davis missed a chance for birdie, but Merritt failed to get up and down from just off the green, allowing Davis to celebrate his first title on the PGA Tour.

Speaking about his victory, Davis told the PGA Tour: "It's still so surreal for me. I've been in some good positions before, but to play the golf that I played coming down the stretch was just awesome.

"I hit some good putts; I hit some not-so-great putts. But I had a lot of opportunities, and I guess that was eventually what got it over the line for me, good solid quality shots in important situations. I'm really proud of that, and that's a testament to some of the hard work we've put in."

Alex Noren and Hank Lebioda shared fourth place on 17-under, while Bubba Watson continued his recent upturn in form after finishing T6 alongside Brandon Hagy.

Mark Anderson, Sungjae Im, Seamus Power and Kevin Kisner all secured top-ten finishes as they shared eighth place on 15-under-par.

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