It would seem that in order to be a top athlete in Australia, it helps to be named Cameron, as the recent win of the Australian Open by Cameron Davis demonstrates.
The 22-year-old Davis stood tall as he was in the chase to catch Jason Day. Going into the final round, he trailed Day, the leader going into the final round, by eight shots.
He fired a seven under 64 to win by one stroke, while Day faded to a final round 73 that left him in fifth place.
Just behind Davis was Matt Jones, tied with Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, then came, wait for it, another Cameron, this one Smith, the only player to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth finished five shots in arrears of Davis. Spieth did not play badly, but when he went into the final round trailing Day by eight strokes, it was obvious that he needed a stellar round if he was going to repeat. His 67 was one of the better rounds of the day and Day did his part by coming back, but no one counted on Cameron Davis shooting a 64 to take the Stonehaven Cup at the Australian Golf club in Sydney.
Davis had to sweat it out as Jonas Blixt had an opportunity on the final hole to send the tournament into a playoff.
Cameron Davis is familiar with the track on which the Australian Open was played. He was the amateur champion there in 2015.
The spark that put Davis over the top came on the 12th hole, where he holed his approach shot for an eagle two, although by that time, he had already picked up six shots on Day.
The victory in the Australian Open will earn Davis a spot in the field for the 2018 British Open. He is currently a member of the PGA Tour of Australasia and he is playing on the Web.com Tour as he chases a spot on the U.S. PGA Tour.