Sydney’s Cameron Davis has produced some important rounds of golf in his relatively new professional career but it might just be that his final round of 67 at this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Newburgh in Indiana will hold a special place in his memory.
By producing such a key round under the most demanding of circumstances, given than anything less would likely have meant him not being able to regain his PGA Tour card for next season, Davis has finished inside the top 25 of those competing in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour final series and as such will be eligible to play his second season on the PGA Tour beginning next week.
Beginning the final round in 29th position and needing to finish close to the top ten to secure his playing rights for 2020, Davis made a poor start with a bogey at the 4th hole but from that point on it was pedal to the medal as he reeled off six birdies in 12 holes to complete his round of 67 and secure 21st place amongst the 25 PGA Tour card recipients.
Those 25 join the 25 who secured their rights to play the big stage via the regular Korn Ferry Tour season.
Davis has now produced great rounds when he has needed them on several occasions including when winning Individual honours at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2016 and when reeling off a stunning final round of 64 to win the 2017 Australian Open Championship.
With the advantage of a year on the PGA Tour behind him in 2019, Davis will likely reap the rewards of that experience and the knowledge of knowing he can produce the goods when absolutely necessary.
Brett Coletta was the other Australian to make the cut in the event but facing an almost impossible task in today’s final round to secure the top 5 he needed this week he could only record a round of 71.
Coletta made a fast start to the day with a birdie and eagle in his first three holes but a disappointing back nine saw him finish in 33rd place for the week and 66th overall in the standings for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Coletta will, therefore, be back on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020.
Curtis Luck and Jamie Arnold began the week inside the all important top twenty-five but both missed the cut and will finish 29th and 36th respectively in the points table and will therefore be playing the Korn Ferry Tour next season.
The Australian recruits to the 2020 PGA Tour via the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019, therefore, will be Rhein Gibson, Cameron Percy and Cameron Davis with New Zealander Tim Wilkinson also advancing via the regular season.
Our 30th #KornFerryTour season is in the books.
The 25 and The Finals 25 TOUR cards have been awarded.
— Korn Ferry Tour (@KornFerryTour) September 3, 2019