Australian golfer Cameron Davis fell just short of taking home a $2.35 million winner’s cheque, but produced a moment of brilliance to wow the crowd at the Fortinet Championship.
The 28-year-old from Sydney found himself locked in a thrilling fourth day in California as he chased runaway leader Sahith Theegala.
Theegala and Davis were paired together and they engaged in an exciting shootout, but it was the American who ultimately won the tournament by finishing 21-under.
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But it was Davis who drew loud cheers from the walking spectators when he eagled the 12th hole.
The Aussie found himself well off the green and just centimetres from the edge of a cart path after his wayward approach, but still had three shots to play with to make his par.
He only needed one more shot, though, as he took a wedge and finessed the ball to the front of the green, allowing it to roll on and into the cup.
”You’ve got to be kidding me,” the commentator proclaimed.
“He had to get so steep on that because of the raised edge of the cart path, bounces it into that slope and right into the hole.”
Davis also holed a long putt for birdie later in his round and finished the event in solo third at 17-under, four shots behind Theegala and two behind runner-up Seong-hyeon Kim.
“It was an awesome week. I really enjoyed everything about this week actually,” Davis told media after the tournament.
“Just didn’t quite get off to a really good start today which kind of threw me so far off that I wasn’t really a contender anymore.
“It was awesome to watch how well Sahith played today. He did everything he needed to do to get the job done today.”
Davis confirmed he will head back Down Under to play the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open in November.
Davis, the 2017 Australian Open champion, has only won once on the PGA Tour since joining in 2019.
Still he’s pocketed close to $16 million on tour, and netted himself another $900,000 by finishing third in California on Monday.