Cameron’s Star Turn Down Under
Cameron Davis topped a star-studded field that included 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth to claim a dramatic Emirates Australian Open crown.
Davis produced a birdie at the last in a final round of 64 to take the Stonehaven Cup after overnight leader Jason Day faded on Sunday. The 22-year-old Davis – who won the 2015 Australian Amateur crown on the same course at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney – came from six shots behind to join an illustrious list of former winners of the Stonehaven that includes Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Cameron Davis said: “This is a dream come true. It doesn’t get much better than this. I’m going to remember this forever. I couldn’t play any better today.
The 102nd Australian Open was the first opportunity for players to book their place at Carnoustie through The Open Qualifying Series. His victory means Davis will now travel to Carnoustie next July to play in his first major championship at The 147th Open. He will be joined by compatriot Matt Jones and Jonas Blixt from Sweden after they tied for second at the event.
Spieth’s ring rust
Not since his college days has Jordan Spieth enjoyed a longer break from the game than the hiatus between this Australian Open and his last outing at the Presidents Cup. The seven weeks off – plus the absence of caddie Michael Greller for the birth of his son – cost Spieth in the first three rounds as he failed to break 70. But by Sunday the three-time major champion looked to be hitting his stride and he holed out with an eagle on 18 to card a 67 – finishing in a tie for eighth place. While that means his quest for a third Aussie Open crown is at an end, Spieth will take plenty of confidence from his showing ahead of next week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where a certain Tiger Woods makes his eagerly-anticipated return.
Wade’s wonderful week
Tommy Fleetwood might be the man of the moment on the European Tour after his dramatic Race to Dubai victory last week but Australian Wade Ormsby stole his thunder this week. The 37-year-old claimed his maiden European Tour victory after 13 years of trying at the UBS Hong Kong Open. Fleetwood – the newly-crowned European No.1 and course record holder at Carnoustie – finished sixth with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia tenth and 19th respectively.