Davis and caddie Tschudin – file photo
25-year-old Australian golfer Cameron Davis is just two from the lead of Dustin Johnson at the Northern Trust Open in Boston, a second round of 65 added to his opening 64 at the TPC Boston having him tied for second place.
The performance leaves the US based New South Wales golfer nicely placed in the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs and improves his chances of graduating to the penultimate playoff event next week in Chicago and the Tour Championship in Atlanta the following week.
Davis was forced to regain his playing privileges for the PGA Tour via the Korn Ferry Tour finals last year but as his experience builds in the big league he is beginning to fulfill some of the significant potential he has displayed throughout his career to date.
Top tens in Hawaii and Florida earlier this year before the Covid enforced break gave an indication of the benefit of his earlier experience on the PGA Tour but in recent weeks he also has been in very solid form with two top twenty finishes in his last three starts.
The former World Amateur Champion, Australian Amateur Champion, Australian Open Champion and a member of the Australian Eisenhower winning side in Mexico, Davis was a winner on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018 in the year following his brilliant win in his national open at the Australian Golf Club in 2017.
“I’ve been working hard on the physical and mental side of the game and it’s nice to see both coming together,” said Davis after his round today.
“Through the quarantine, there was not much golf at all. Took a little while to get going again. A little bit of work on both is nice to see it kind of coming together to the point where I can play 18 holes of good quality stuff.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to 36 more and see where it takes me.”
Davis was in 91st position in the FedEx Cup table heading into this weekend and needed a good week if he was to advance but wasn’t about to get too aggressive.
“I don’t think I would play this course any differently if I was doing really well in the FedExCup or not. I’d just pick my plan for what I think will give me the best chance to have a good score and I think that would be the same if I was No. 1 or No. 125.
“It’s just one way around this place that suits my eye for each pin location. I’m going to stick to that plan. I don’t think anything is attacked more unless it’s like back nine on Sunday, and you’ve got to really make a charge and you can’t afford to be making pars.
“I think that’s the only time it really changes, but up until that point, I feel like the game plan that I’ve got gives me the most chances for birdie.”
Davis has the benefit of a good friend and experienced golfer, Andrew Tschudin, (pictured) on his bag as he has been almost since turning professional.
Tschudin is a player good enough to have won the Queensland PGA Championship several years ago and began his caddying life when on the bag of Minjee Lee when she was runner-up behind Cheyenne Woods at the Australian Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast while still an amateur.
In another boost for Australasian golf, New Zealander Danny Lee is one shot behind Davis and tied for 4th.