Davis fired his best score of the week Saturday, a 4-under 67, to reach 7-under-par though 54 holes and just five shots off the pace.
The 23-year-old jumped 10 places up the leaderboard and will head to the final round in a share of 13thplace and not out of calculations.
Davis was six shots off the pace ahead of the final round of the Australian Open but produced a scintillating 7-under 64 to grab the title at The Australian Golf Club, a feat he would dearly love to replicate tomorrow.
Americans Daniel Summerhays and Will Claxton share top spot at Fox Den Country Club at 12-under, one ahead of Wes Roach who is third alone.
Brett Drewitt, the leading Australians heading to the weekend, has fallen a shot behind Davis after a third round of 1-over 72 to be in a share of 18th.
Rhein Gibson was the only other Australian to make the cut and at 2-under for the week is T42 with one round remaining.
Davis is playing for high stakes this week as his current exemption category entitles him to only limited starts on the Tour.
A victory comes with automatic Tour membership but the higher he can finish at each event he plays the more opportunities he will get.
One of Australia’s best amateurs of recent times the Sydney based Davis has no full time status on any international Tour and week to week results are crucial to his short term playing opportunities.
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