Saturday, November 07, 2015

Londoner Davis has won over $13million

 on US Tour but never a victory

Brian Davis, pictured, might not be the most well-known player on the US PGA TOUR, but the Londoner is certainly one of the most persistent and resilient.
Davis, a 10-year Tour veteran from England, is the highest-ranked player on the tour money list still in search of his first tour  win. In 337 starts before this week, he has earned $13,267,330. He’s had five runner-up finishes, including one memorable one in 2010 that we’ll revisit in a moment, but he’s yet to be the one man left standing on Sunday.
Maybe that will change this weekend at CCJ, where Davis is in the hunt after 36 holes after firing a 3-under 69 during Friday’s second round. He stands at 10 under par, five shots off the lead.
“I played well,” said Davis, 41. “I had chances coming in, but couldn’t make anything. The greens got slower and I struggled to adapt.”
Davis had five birdies, but he also had back-to-back bogeys soon after the restart following a five-hour rain delay.
Davis, who has won twice on the European Tour, has played the US  Tour full time since 2005. He has persevered despite off-the-course issues (skin cancer, two children with health problems) and the various aches and pains that come with playing for a living.
“It’s been a real struggle sometimes,” he said. “But I still love it. I love the competition. Hopefully, I have 20 more years in me. I want to keep playing competitively on TOUR another 10 years, then play the Champions Tour.”
Regardless of whether he ever gets that coveted first win, Davis will always be remembered for that tournament in 2010 that he didn’t win, when he lost to Jim Furyk in a playoff after calling a two-shot penalty on himself on the first play-off hole of the Verizon Heritage (now the RBC Heritage).
After making birdie on No. 18 in regulation to force the playoff, Davis hit his approach on the first playoff hole (18) into a hazard left of the green. The ball was playable, but in hitting his shot onto the green Davis felt his club strike a loose reed that was sticking out of the sand. He immediately called the penalty on himself, in essence handing the trophy to Furyk.
Friday, recalling that moment from five years ago, Davis said the immediate aftermath of that event was a blur. It wasn’t until hours – or even days – later, when the text messages pinged in by the hundreds, and then the emails and letters began arriving from friends and strangers from around the world, that he realized the magnitude of that one simple decision.



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