Seattle based Sydney golfer, Cameron Davis, has a share of the halfway lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii, the second season PGA Tour player producing birdies at the final two holes in his round of 66 to join Brendan Steele in the lead.
Still only 24, Davis is a former Australian Open, Australian Amateur Champion and World Amateur Champion and while it is taking a while for him to find his feet on the PGA Tour he clearly has the potential to develop a very successful career at this level.
Davis, who finished tied for third at his last start at the Australian PGA Championship three weeks ago, regained his PGA Tour status via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals in September and although his PGA Tour form has been disappointing since, he talked afterwards about the learning curve he has been through in his introduction to golf at this level.
“I think just figuring out what your way of doing things is was my biggest thing,” said Davis. “Watching a lot of what other guys are doing out here you get sucked into trying to emulate people.
“Obviously they’re very good and they’ve got what works for them, and you have to figure out what works for you. I think I’ve had a little bit of a struggle with that over the last year. I think I am starting to figure it out. It’s nice to see it’s turning into some good scores here.”
“I’m just trying to — thinking back to the way I used to be when I was a junior and stuff, I feel like the quality of golf I was playing when I was finishing up my amateur career was really good and I was a lot more of a creative shot shaping sort of guy. I loved bending it both ways; not being scared to go after a tee shot here and there and all that.
“I started to get a little bit more — not so much conservative — but definitely taking a safer swing. Like feeling like going towards a stock swing for every shot was what was going to make me more consistent. I was looking to see what would shave scores off and reduce mistakes.
“After trying a couple years of trying to fit that together, it just wasn’t really clicking. Didn’t feel like it was really getting any better as I was working through it.
“Pretty much made a decision, All right, am I going to continue doing it this way in the hope it’s going to come together later on, or do I start playing the game the way that I see it instinctively, which is not worrying about what my golf swing looks like, but caring about where the golf ball is going.
“That’s the direction I decided to go down, and the last few tournaments that I’ve played have been going pretty well.”
Davis and Steele are just one ahead of a group of nine players in a share of 3rd place that group including Queenslander Cameron Smith whose round of 65 was the equal best of the day.
Smith gave some credit to playing until late in 2019 as some of the reason for a better showing than previously in this event, although he has made all four previous cuts at the Sony Open.
“I mean, it’s been pretty close this year. In past years I’ve had three weeks, four weeks off before I get here, and I’m typically pretty lazy when I’m home, eating pies and all that stuff.
“So it’s actually been quite good in the fact that I’ve been able to kind of carry over and I played really well at the Presidents Cup and played again the next week quite solidly.
“Yeah, so it’s (the form) definitely carried over I think more than previous.”
Matt Jones and Marc Leishman are the next best of the Australians in a share of 24th place but only four shots from the joint leaders.