Young Cameron Davis blew away the field on Sunday with a 7-under 64 to race by former No. 1 Jason Day for the title at the Australian Open.
Just 22, Davis was 8 strokes behind Day entering the final round, but put together six birdies and an eagle to wind up at 11-under, one stroke ahead of Jonas Blixt and Matt Jones. The eagle came from 220 feet out.
“I always felt like if I play my very best golf I’d be able to compete,” Davis said. “I’m going to try my best to come down from the excitement I’ve obviously got after winning this and then it’s another big week that we’ve got to get on top of.”
Day fired a final-round, 2-over 73 to finish in fifth place and conclude the 2017 season without a victory, the first time that’s happened since 2013.
“It’s obviously a little bit disappointing to come out and not finish it, but I’ve just got to kind of look back on it and see what I need to do for next time, because you can’t be perfect all the time and I played three terrific rounds and I just didn’t put it together on Sunday,” Day said.
“When you hold the lead and when everyone is expecting you to win, there’s a bit of added pressure. I was on the wrong side of momentum and if I could just get on the right side of momentum it may have been a different outcome.”
Davis wasn’t in the final group, so his day concluded with a lot of nervous waiting around until Blixt missed a 9-foot putt that would have forced a playoff.