As a superstar amateur Cameron Davis was touted as one of the great bright hopes for the next generation of Australian golf.
He turned Professional at the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open and since then has been plying his trade on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada before coming home for the Aussie summer of golf.
Today at The Australian, Davis showed his prodigious talent firing an 8-under 63 to lead the Emirates Australian Open after the morning field on day one.
The secret to his round was course knowledge; Davis won the Australian Amateur on this layout in 2015.
“I knew the golf course well, I didn’t have to think too hard around my practice round, so I felt like I had a good chance this week,” said Davis.
“I played here like eight times in five days, so I got to know it pretty well. I saw some places I probably shouldn’t have, but yeah, it’s nice to play it that many times and be able to come back and see not too much has changed. It’s very familiar out here.”
His round was highlighted by four consecutive birdies starting at the 5th hole and topped off by a chip in on the 7th followed by a chance to hole out on the 8th.
“I had a good run there. Probably that one on 8 shouldn’t have gone in because it was too far away. A back-to-back chip in would have been a bit rude,” added Davis.
“The first eight holes everything was looking like it was going in, even from off the green, which was nice.”
While Davis holds the top position and Queenslander Taylor Macdonald is second on 6-under the card, World Number 12 Jason Day, thrilled the crowds producing eight birdies on his way to shooting 5-under 66.
“It was exciting to play. The crowds were terrific out there. Our whole group played well and it’s really nice to be able to kind of feed off each other,” said Day, who played with Geoff Ogilvy (2-under 69) and Rod Pampling (3-under 68).
“I felt like I played I played some pretty solid golf out there. I didn’t miss many fairways and I didn’t miss many greens. I think the biggest thing for me is to just try and play the way I’ve been playing but hole more putts.
“That’s the hardest thing that I’ve been trying to get across the line is really capitalising on the opportunities that I’ve had.
“I just need to somehow turn those good solid par holes into a great birdie hole.”
Playing on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the first time since 2013, Day loved having the support of a home crowd.
“It’s been four years since I’ve been here, so I think I owe it to everyone that wants an autograph or wants a picture, to be able to stop and give it to them,” added Day.
“They were very supportive of not only me, but the whole group, they’re great fans and to be able to hopefully make someone’s day is nice.”
After the first round Day is tied third alongside South Australian Nick Cullen who has spent the year playing on the European Challenge Tour.
The afternoon field are on course.
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