Cameron Davis – this might be an opportunity for the now US based Sydney golfer – Bruce Young
Following two weeks enjoying the pleasures of Hawaii, the PGA Tour hits the mainland this week for the American Express at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta in California.
The event is played over two courses, the Nicklaus and Stadium Courses at PGA West, over the first 36 holes, the field flip-flopping between the two on Thursday and Friday before the final two rounds are played at the host course, the Stadium Course over the weekend.
Five Australians are in this week’s field, Matt Jones’ improved showing at last week’s Sony Open perhaps leaving him the best placed Australian to do well this week.
Jones has played this event well on occasions in the nine occasions he has appeared here. His best was when 8th in 2010 when the event was played over three courses and was a 90-hole event.
He also ran 13th in 2014 and although he has missed the cut in each of his last two attempts in the event his impressive final day effort in Honolulu gives him some hope of at least being the leading Australian this week.
Aaron Baddeley also had an improved week last week despite a disappointing final day but does not have much to get excited about in this event previously.
Cameron Davis will play the tournament for the third occasion, having finished inside the top 30 on his two visits to date. Six of his eight rounds have been in the 60’s and any improvement on that might just see him contending for a high finish this week.
Davis has been playing solidly if not spectacularly of late, but this might well be a week for the talented youngster to step up to the plate.
Rhein Gibson and Cameron Percy are the remaining Australians in the field but neither are in particularly good form at present.
Percy plays his first event of the year and has yet to make the cut in this event in six previous visits so his chances appear slim of even making the weekend.
Gibson has missed his last four cuts on the PGA Tour and has yet to make the weekend in this event.
Of the more fancied chances, I gave Sungjae Im a chance last week in Honolulu but he was only average. He was, though, 5th the previous week on Maui and given he has been 10th and 12th in his two appearances in this event then he appears a likely prospect to contend.