2017 Australian Open
This year's edition of the Australian Open saw an incredible final round 64 from Cameron Davis to take out the title. At just 22 years of age, Davis was more concerned with making the cut than actually winning.
"Before the week started that was the aim - I wanted to play the weekend in the Australian Open. It's the biggest tournament I've played in, I just want to get over the cut and play all four days and soak up the entire weekend."
Which he sure did. A sublime opening round 63 propelled him to the lead, only to be pegged back by two days of over par performances. After finishing his final round, Davis had to wait for five groups to make their way to the clubhouse. He hit a few balls on the practice range to stay warm and ready in the eventuality of a play-off. Finally, news was delivered to him that he'd done the unthinkable.
"I was not prepared to be told that I'd won. I was just doing my own thing, and then someone came over and told me that it was all over. I didn't really know what to say, it was just a bit of a shock really."
Heading into the tournament, many golf experts obviously favoured headline acts such as Jordan Speith and Jason Day to lift the Stonehaven Cup. However, Davis' unlikely win propels him to the status of other young Australian winners such as Peter Thomson and Bruce Crampton, both of whom went on to become legends of the game. Way back in 1951, a young Thomson played a four round 283 to take the title by four strokes over Norman Von Nida. While Von Nida may not be a household name these days, he was certainly Australia's most prolific golfer during the post-war years. He won regularly on the British Tour and was a three time winner of the Australian Open himself - what you might describe as the Jason Day of his time.
Von Nida took a strong interest in Peter Thomson after that win in 1951. The two would go on to play exhibitions together to earn extra money at a time when golf wasn't a very lucrative sport. Both are credited with the growth of the sport in Australia, and both achieved three Australian Open wins in their careers.
If history is anything to go by, it's very possible that Cameron Davis has an extremely bright future ahead of him. This particular win grants him entry into the Open Championship next year to be played in Carnoustie from July 15th - 22nd. Be sure to keep an eye out on the future of Australian golf.
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