AUSTRALIAN Cameron Davis has wasted no time making his presence felt on the PGA Tour after a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in only his second tournament as a professional.
The magnificent start puts the talented Sydney youngster just three shots off the overnight lead held by American Chris Kirk who opened with an 8-under 63.
Davis, 21, was the 2015 Australian Amateur Champion and is playing on invitation in Mexico at El Camaleon Golf Club, where he recently led Australia to 19-shot victory in the World Amateur Teams Championships (Eisenhower Cup).
Davis won the individual honours in the amateur tournament shooting 17-under and was quickly invited back to play on the big stage this week, either as an amateur or a professional.
The invitation prompted Davis to turn pro three weeks ago and if he can hold his nerve and form, he is a real chance for his first big pay day of his young career and more PGA Tour starts off the back of this week.
Starting his round at the 10th hole, Davis dropped a shot at the 12th after being forced to take a penalty.
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Smarting from the mistake he bounced back at the next hole, a 532-yard par-5, with an eagle after hitting two superb shots onto the green and holing the putt.
He dropped another shot at the 16th to return to even-par for the round after finding the rough off the tee, but recovered with a birdie at the next to make the turn in the red numbers.
Not content with a mediocre start to his PGA Tour career, Davis finished his round with four one-putt birdies in a row from the 5th hole onwards, before a closing par at the 9th saw him settle for a sensational 66.
So far Davis has shot in the 60s in every competitive round he has played at this course. In the Eisenhower Cup he shot 66 and 68 around the Greg Norman-designed layout.
Davis turned professional three weeks ago and played in the $AU110,000 Queensland Open where he tied for 13th to earn a modest first pay cheque.
This week he’s playing for a $AU9.2 million purse against some of the best players in the world.
"This event is a chance to experience what it may be like if I get to where I want to go,” Davis said after his round.
"This (the invitation to play) was a bit of a surprise because I didn't realise the [Eisenhower] tournament I won would get me a start here.
“To have all these opportunities straight after I turn pro is a pretty awesome thing to happen."
“I thought some of the tees might have changed, but the tees were all exactly the same.
It's just exactly the same golf course so I've just got to just pretend I'm back there playing that tournament,” Davis told the PGA Tour.
“It's been a great experience so far.”
Davis was easily the best of the Australians in the opening round in Mexico. Marc Leishman, chasing some early season Fed-Ex Cup points, shot a 1-under 70 to be in a share of 52nd, while Cameron Smith had 71 to be at T70.
Steven Bowditch carded a disappointing 10-over 81 while fellow journeyman Greg Chalmers withdrew from the event after just four holes due to a back complaint.
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