Cameron Davis has played the most valuable back nine of his life to finish 13th at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Indiana and secure a return to the PGA TOUR in 2020.
The 2017 Australian Open winner began the week ranked 34th in the Korn Ferry Finals points race but six birdies in the space of 10 holes propelled him inside the top 25 and guaranteed his place on golf’s richest tour for the second consecutive year.
By finishing 160th in the FedEx Cup this year Davis would have retained some status in for the new PGA TOUR season but his playing opportunities will be improved significantly by his stunning run at the unforgiving Victoria National Golf Club.
Beginning his final round in 29th position on the leaderboard, Davis’s hopes took a hit with bogey at the par-4 fourth hole yet he was able to respond in extraordinary fashion.
A regulation birdie at the par-3 seventh was followed by a birdie at the par-5 ninth after he reached the green in two. He backed that up with a third birdie at the par-5 10th and then birdied 12, 15 and 16 to shoot 5-under, his 67 the next best round behind the top five finishers including winner Tom Lewis.
Davis put himself in position to snare one of the final 25 cards on offer with an opening round of 4-under 68 but conceded then that trying to predict the score he would need by the end of the week would only make his assignment more difficult.
“I know if I just handle myself and play four rounds where I keep my head on straight, I can maximise the score and see how far I can take it,” Davis said.
“At this point in time trying to project my score for the week, what I'm going to need, is the last thing I need to do.
“If I'm playing great, maybe there's a lot of lower scores out there, but if I'm playing the way I did today, three more days in a row will be just fine.”
While it was cause for celebration for Davis there was heartbreak for both Curtis Luck and Jamie Arnold.
Inside the Finals 25 at the start of the tournament, Luck and Arnold both missed the cut on the number, leaving their respective fates in the hands of others.
Unfortunately for the pair, enough players moved past them at the Tour Championship to deny them a PGA TOUR promotion, Luck falling from 15th to 29th and Arnold from 18th to 36th.
With the addition of Davis three Australians have no qualified for the PGA TOUR next season from the Korn Ferry Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am winner Rhein Gibson and Cameron Percy also earning another shot at the big time.
|Korn Ferry Tour Championship|
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