Cam Davis – image Masters tournament 

Cameron Davis leads the Australasians through 36 holes of The Masters, adding a second round of even par 72 to his opening 69 to not only be the best of the seven-strong Australasian contingent but as he heads into the weekend he finds himself just three from the lead held by Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa and first-round leader Bryson De Chambeau.

Davis is in a share of 5th place following a round which included four birdies two bogeys and a double bogey at the 7th hole but in the gusty winds that buffeted Augusta National throughout the day it was an impressive display for someone playing who is playing in just his second Masters.

When asked how conditions were during his round Davis responded;

“Very similar to yesterday. It’s a different direction for the wind, so the holes play completely differently. Completely different plan for each hole when it’s like that.

“Definitely, teeing off early today, the temperature being a lot colder, it was some different clubs even in some similar conditions. It was same but colder, which probably makes it a little bit more difficult. By the time it’s warmed up, it feels very similar to yesterday.

“I had a couple of stumbles, I felt like I battled well and made some nice putts to keep the momentum.

“I feel like I put in my hard work. I’m happy to put my feet up this afternoon.”

The one stumble of any proportion for Davis came when he double-bogeyed the 7th hole after a wild drive followed by a pitch back onto the fairway from where he hit a poor pitch and failed to get up and down.  That came on top of two early birdies to get to 5 under.

He would three-putt the 13th for bogey but managed to birdie the par 5 15th and finish at even par for the day and very much in the thick of things.

Davis is a former Australian Amateur and Australian Open Champion and PGA Tour winner with credentials at near the top level with a 4th place finish in last year’s US PGA Championship so this level of contention is not new to him and it will be interesting to see how the 28 year old negotiates the weekend.

Ryan Fox’s first round of 69 had him tied with Davis in 6th place and he moved closer with a birdie at his 8th hole and made the turn in 4 under for the championship.

Fox would falter through Amen Corner with bogeys at the 11th and 12th holes and then added another when he failed to get up and down from behind the 14th green after what had been the perfect drive.

Fox would make impressive par saves at the 17th and 18th holes and now just five from the lead he is well enough placed to potentially contend and eclipse his previous best finish in a major when 16th at the Royal Portrush Open of 2019.

Cam Smith was out in the second to last group of the day and moved to 2 under for the tournament when he birdied the 12th but a three-putt bogey at the 13th followed by a missed 7-footer for birdie at the 15th would prove costly.

Smith though would make a miracle par save at the par 3 16th and finished with two pars for his round of 72 and at 1 under and, just five from the lead, his great record at Augusta National appears as if it might be added to.

Of the other Australians in the field, Jason Day and Min Woo Lee are at 4 over, Adam Scott waited all day to get the news that his 6 over total made it through to the weekend and amateur Jasper Stubbs improved on his opening round of 80 with a round of 76 but missed the cut by several.