Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top Aussie amateur Cameron Davis turns pro

The man who led Australia's charge in its rout of the recent World Amateur Championships has decided to turn professional before the start of the country's summer of golf.
New South Welshman Cameron Davis, who fired the lowest individual score to help Australia win the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy and boast the world's best amateur golfers, will begin the next phase of his career at the Queensland Open next week.
Turning pro: Cameron Davis.
Turning pro: Cameron Davis.  Photo: David Tease/GolfNSW
The Monash Country Club product who battled back from a serious wrist injury late last year when a recovery shot went horribly wrong has secured a start in the US PGA Tour's OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico next month before teeing it up in the Australian Open alongside Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth at Royal Sydney the following week.
"I was waiting for the opportunities for next year and seeing if I could qualify for a major and if I had that would have been the thing that would have stopped me [turning professional]," Davis said.
"My statistics have been telling me for a while that I can compete and it's been a matter of getting a bit of confidence up and the last few weeks has really helped with that. I'm happy with the decision and it definitely feels like the right time."
The 21-year-old only narrowly missed a start in the US Masters when his charge at last week's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Korea, won by compatriot Curtis Luck, fizzled over the final few holes.
And it has spurred Davis to immediately turn professional, having missed the majority of last year's Australian summer with the wrist injury, which triggered a change in his swing and surgery on his wrist bone to repair a tendon that was slipping in and out of its groove.
"It gave me a bit of time to think about how I was going about things," Davis said. "I couldn't have done anything better in terms of how I dealt with the injury and how I came back from it.
"I was able to work on some parts of my game like chipping and putting around the greens. My golf swing I've had to protect against little things that might have weakened my wrist to the point where doing what I did might have damaged it.
"The tournament in Mexico is a PGA Tour event and it's already a chance to experience what it may be like if I get to where I want to go. That was a bit of a surprise because I didn't realise the tournament I won would get me a start there and to have all these opportunities straight after I turn pro is a pretty awesome thing to happen."



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