Cameron Davis has rocketed to the top of the leaderboard after firing a sizzling nine under par 61 in the opening round of the ISPS Handa Australian Open.
The 28-year-old was in imperious form, opening his account with birdies on the 10th and 11th to set the tone for the day. Another dropped on the short par-four 13th, followed by an eagle on the reachable par-5 15th.
The US-based star birdied the 17th to get to minus six before the turn and out to a handy lead.
Davis had more in store, though, with birdies on the 4th, 7th and 8th to round out his day with a nine-under 61.
“That’s by far the cleanest round I’ve ever had around here, and without the wind, it was awesome to make the most of the conditions the way they were,” Davis said post-round.
“I had plenty of good memories in the bank to go out and play the course with.”
Davis admitted when he woke up and heard the weather reports, there were no expectations of how low he would go.
“I had no idea what to expect. I was expecting the wind to start picking up, but it never really did. You still have to play the shots, and I felt like I had good, clean control of my ball all day.”
Davis, the 2017 Australian Open Champ, said getting off to a good start was vital if he wanted to be in contention on Sunday. With potentially the next three rounds at the course where he lifted the Stonehaven Cup, he said there was still some work to do.
“The start here was a key. You want to make the most of good conditions out here, because there is the opportunity to go low, so very happy with the start and now it’s just about finding rhythm out there.
“I am very happy with the start, and now it’s just about finding rhythm out there. It’s a different golf course, grass, and and probably different conditions, but I’d love to be up there on Sunday.”
Davis was wary of heaping too much pressure on himself at a tournament that holds a special place in his memory.
“I don’t put extra pressure on myself in terms of the golf course and the conditions anymore. I did that for a long time and never saw great results consistently.”