First, a brilliant final round at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney last November to win his own national open, then a win while playing a Web.Com Tour event with only limited status this year and now, after a stellar final round at the opening event of the Web.Com Tour Finals, the 23-year old has secured his PGA Tour card.
Davis began the final round of this week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus in Ohio in a share of 14th place but a final round of 66 would see him surge past several of those on whom there were more expectations and into 3rd place alone.
The finish will see Davis earn considerably more than the predicted $US40,000 or so required from the four event Web.Com Tour Finals to secure one of the 25 cards up for grabs in the series and he will therefore have the luxury of playing the final three events safe in the knowledge that he has PGA Tour status in the 2019 season.
Davis finished just one shot behind the playoff between eventual winner Robert Streb and Peter Malnati but the disappointment of not winning will be far outweighed by the knowledge that he has made it to the big stage so early in his career.
To a large extent Davis has slipped under the radar despite winning the Australian Amateur Championship in 2015, the World Amateur Individual and Team Championship in 2016 (along with Curtis Luck and Harrison Endycott), finishing runner-up at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in 2015, winning a Web.Com Tour event winner in 2018 while playing without full status and of course being the current Australian Open Champion.
Now he has the right to play the holy grail of professional golf the PGA Tour and so much of the radar under which he has flown will come into greater focus as he tackles golf's biggest stage in 2019.
Star in the making.August 26, 2018
While the news is so good for Davis it was not quite the same for his fellow Australians Curtis Luck and Matt Jones.
Luck got to 12 under and into a share of the lead after an outward nine of 33 today but three bogeys on the way in would see him finish in a share of 5th place and although it has been a good start to the Final Series it leaves him just short of guaranteeing him a PGA Tour card at this stage.
Luck though will likely need just $US10,000 or so from the final three events of the Web.Com Tour finals, a task that would appear well within his grasp and if that is to be the case then two of the three Australian Eisenhower Trophy winning side from 2016 will have their PGA Tour cards within two years of that milestone.
Jones too was poised to regain his PGA Tour card when he reached 11 under for the tournament through 12 holes and was, at that point, challenging for the lead but just as Luck had done he too would falter over the closing stages and eventually finished tied for 10th.
It was a good week for Jones but a finish he will be ruing given what was at stake. He will get another chance over the next few weeks and hopefully when he does he can find a way to return to the PGA Tour.
Aaron Baddeley finished 24th and Rhein Gibson 58th.
The Web.Com Tour now moves to Beachwood in Ohio for the second event of the Finals the DAP Championship at the Canterbury Golf Club.
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