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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Emirates Australian Open

Winner: Cameron Davis

Around the wider world of golf: Wade Ormsby got his first ET win at the UBS Hong Kong Open; Seungsu Han won the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and the KLPGA team beat the LPGA team 13-11 in the ING Life Champions Trophy/Inbee Park Invitational.

Cameron Davis with Australian Open trophy

Attention US golf fans: You may not know who Cameron Davis is yet, but you will. He just recently got his 2018 Web.com Tour card.

In the meantime, all he did was make his first professional win a big one. Not only did he win the Stonehaven Cup at one of the oldest majors in the world, he also won a spot in the Open Championship. It'll be his first-ever trip to a major. Pretty heady stuff for a player ranked 1494! (I'm pretty sure he'll be a bit higher when the new rankings come out today.)

After posting 63 in his first round Down Under, he slowed down a bit with rounds of 72-74 (par was 71). Jason Day looked to be the likely winner when the final round started, with past champion Matt Jones and past PGA Tour champ Jonas Blixt hot in pursuit.

But it was Davis, six shots off the lead after the third round, who blew everybody off the course. His final round 64 gave him the clubhouse lead by a shot, and he headed to the practice range. As it turned out, he didn't need to. And he said the results left him a bit numb.

I'm sure he'll get used to the feeling soon enough, just like he'll get used to the attention he'll garner on next year's Web.com Tour. And just wait until his new golf mates see his shiny new Limerick Summary!
Cam’s middle two rounds left him stressed
After starting out strong. Who’d have guessed
He’d beat Jones, Blixt and Day
As the field fell away?
Clearly Cam’s final round was the best!
The photo came from this page at pga.org.au.

2 comments:

  1. For those wondering who would have been playing for the LPGA team in the Solheim Cup-style competition against the KLPGA this past weekend, they were all Korean born and raised players (therefore no Lydia, Minjee, Michelle or Christina). It's kind of sobering to think that there are enough Koreans playing on the LPGA to pick such a team from (which did NOT include Sung Hyun Park, who declined the invite) and yet for the first time in the three year history of the event they lose to what is essentially the junior varsity. To be fair the KLPGA team did have one player who was on the LPGA (Ha Na Jang, who mysteriously ducked out of a Luggage-gate singles pairing with In Gee Chun on Sunday with an injury) and another who will be there next season (Jin Young Ko).

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    1. Just call it the Se Ri Pak Effect. ;-)

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