Cameron Davis and caddie Andrew Tschudin – file photo
Sydney’s Cameron Davis has recorded his best-ever result on the PGA Tour when finishing 3rd behind the winner, Si Woo Kim and the runner-up Patrick Cantlay at the American Express Championship in La Quinta in California.
Davis, who joined the PGA Tour in 2019 after success on the then Web.Com Tour in 2018, has a previous best of 6th at the Sanderson Farms event 9 months ago but today not only was he on track for his best finish he challenged for the title over the closing stages.
Davis began the day in a share of 8th place and three shots behind the leader, Kim, but an opening nine of 30 had him on the heels of the leaders and he actually joined the lead at one stage during the final round.
He was unable to hold off the powerful finishes of Kim (64) and Cantlay (61) but he will be delighted with the manner in which he handled the scenario he created for himself and as he continues to build platforms at this level his breakthrough win must surely come soon.
The former Australian Amateur, World Amateur, Eisenhower Trophy and Australian Open Champion has all the skills to perform at the highest level and this week gave further evidence of just that.
Davis will improve from 217th to 142nd in the world ranking as a result of his finish and secured a cheque for US$462,000.
“I’ve been playing really well – it was just a day where actually all parts of the game kind of worked at the same time,” said Davis.
“So I’ve had some good putting this week I’ve had some good ball striking, today I put them together. So it was nice to see a low score on the board but it’s the sort of day where I guess everyone’s up near the top of the leaderboard’s going low as well. So would have been cool to get a couple more, but I did a pretty good job.
“I’ve been trending in a good direction for awhile now, yeah, it’s just a week where everything kind of clicks. I had a couple of — well I had a bad ball striking day and a good putting day and a couple of good ball striking days and didn’t make any putts.
“I think for me to get over the line it’s just having four solid days in a row where I keep up every part of my game. I’m getting closer to it, it’s obviously great to keep seeing personal bests keep rolling through, so hopefully this leads to a little higher on the leaderboard in the near future. But it’s been great to see improvement because that keeps you excited and keeps you working hard as well.”
For the winner, Kim it was his third PGA Tour victory, one of the earlier two, the Players Championship in 2017.
Birdies at his 16th and 17th holes saw him edge clear of Cantlay who had reeled off a round of 61 to take the lead when he finished his round.
Then came Kim’s powerful finish including a 25-foot putt for birdie at the 17th to take the lead.
Kim was relieved to finally win again after many opportunities.
“So I had many chances since PLAYERS,” said the winner. “I had many chances to win, but I couldn’t make it, but finally I made it. So I tried to keep composure and I made it. I’m so happy with that.
“My coach talked to me about it a lot and even this week we talked about it and he told me just, you know, There will be chance anytime, so you just have to keep waiting and be patient, keep composure, and just believe in yourself. So that’s what I tried to do and then I tried not to be emotional and that helps me to the win.
“I have great memories with this course. So for Q-School, I passed the Q-School on this course, and then I have great memories and then that’s why I feel confidence whenever I come to this course. So that helps a lot for me this week, especially I try to focus on the memories that gave me good scores, so that’s why it drove me to the win.”
Si Woo Kim – photo Harry How Getty Images