Cameron Davis has ensured nine Australians will play on the lucrative US PGA Tour next season after securing a promotion from its secondary tour finals.
After a year full of confidence-shattering missed cuts, a relieved Cameron Davis has battled through the secondary tour finals to boost Australia’s contingent to nine for the next US PGA Tour season.
Davis was one of 25 golfers to secure a promotion from the finals after a gutsy final round at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, his 67 earning a share of 13th at 11-under-par.
England golfer Tom Lewis (65) won the event with a 23-under (265) total.
Veteran Cameron Percy was the only other Australian among the top 25 points earners, qualifying a week earlier, while countryman Rhein Gibson locked up his PGA Tour card during the secondary tour’s regular season.
The three graduates join Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Matt Jones and Aaron Baddeley for the new PGA Tour season which starts in October.
Sydney native Davis reeled off six birdies in his final 12 holes on Monday to sneak inside the final 25 by a mere six points.
“Wow; I’m pretty relieved. I was nervous going into today but I came home strong,” Davis told AAP.
The 2017 Australian Open winner endured a horror rookie season on the PGA Tour, missing the cut in 12 of his 25 events – including four in a row.
“I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I should have because I spent so much time stressing that I needed to get better to stay there,” Davis said.
“My confidence got pretty low; there were eight weeks straight where I couldn’t see the golf I knew I was capable of playing. It was frustrating.”
It relegated the tall, athletic youngster to the secondary tour finals but, for a second-straight year, he won his way to the main circuit.
Gibson, Percy and Davis will be placed into a pool of more than 50 golfers on the PGA Tour’s graduate reshuffle, who are re-ranked regularly based on their results.
Perth youngster Curtis Luck and countryman Jamie Arnold failed to gain promotion but are fully exempt for the secondary tour next season courtesy of finishing between 26-50 on the finals points list.
Fellow Australian Brett Coletta is also fully exempt on the secondary tour next season having finished 27th on the regular season points list.