Date: November 13, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Davis hoses down top-10 quandary

It’s a good problem for Cam Davis to face, even if he doesn’t want to think about it.

Davis, 21, carded yet another great round at Mayakoba’s El Cameleon course in Mexico today, surging to 11 under and on the verge of the top 10 in his maiden US PGA Tour event.

In just his second event as a professional, the 2015 Australian Amateur champion could earn himself another start on the world’s biggest tour if he can manage a top-10 finish after tomorrow’s final round.

But with the field strung out chasing leader Gary Woodland (-18), Davis rightfully hasn’t given up hope of running down a massive pay day on the same course on which he dominated in September’s World Amateur Teams Championship where his individual victory earnt this week’s exemption.

Asked after his third-round 66 had him thinking of the exemption into next week’s PGA Tour event in Georgia a top-10 finish would offer, the level-headed Sydneysider preferred to focus on nothing more than another solid round on a course on which he’s remarkably 19 under par in five tournament rounds.

“It would be great if I do that, but I’ll just go tomorrow and pick my way around the golf course and give myself a chance to make as many birdies as I can,” Davis said.

“If you have one of those days when you make them all, then maybe at the end of the round I do sneak in to something like that.

“But for now it’s just a normal round of golf and just do my thing and hopefully it will be enough.”

Davis wouldn’t be drawn on the prospect of a tough call to make between playing next week’s RSM Classic at Sea Island against his scheduled start in the Emirates Australian Open.

“I’ll just finish here and see how it goes, I’m not going to do anything like that because it just puts pressure on myself that I don’t need to have.

“Anything after that, I’ll just worry about it then.”

Davis is the best placed of the three Australians remaining in the field with Marc Leishman (69) and Cam Smith (65) T24 at nine under par.