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Davis’ 50-foot sand shot keys victory at Detroit

Jul 4, 2021

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DETROIT — Cam Davis holed a 50-foot sand shot on the 71st gap of regulation and that propelled him right into a five-hole playoff the place he outlasted Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann to win the Rocket Mortgage Traditional for his first PGA Tour victory.

“It is the one cause I am sitting right here now,” Davis mentioned at a information convention alongside the trophy. “To be trustworthy, in my head there wasn’t a considered making an attempt to gap it.”

Davis finally received when Merritt missed a 6-foot par putt on the fifth playoff gap.

Davis missed putts to win on every of the playoff holes, however maintained his composure as a result of he knew good photographs arrange the putts he simply missed.

The 26-year-old from Australia left 6-foot and 18-foot putts excessive, a 25-foot putt low and a 19-footer excessive. He misinterpret a break on a 12-foot putt on the fifth playoff gap and settled for a par, then received when Merritt made bogey.

“I simply tried to place as a lot out of my thoughts as I may and simply hit each shot for what it was value,” Davis mentioned. “So simple as that is mentioned, it is so onerous to do when the strain’s on like that. I simply stored on placing good swings on it.

“I suppose I did not make any putts, however I stored on placing it in play, so it labored out all proper.”

Davis closed with a 5-under 67 to match Merritt (68) and Niemann (68) at 18-under 270 at Detroit Golf Membership. Niemann dropped out of the playoff with a bogey on the primary additional gap, his first bogey of the week.

“It is onerous to be standing right here figuring out that there’s a playoff happening proper now,” Niemann informed reporters.

Niemann had an opportunity to win it on the 72nd gap, however left a 17-foot putt excessive.

“I ought to have received this event, however I imply, it’s what it’s,” Niemann mentioned. “I’ll go relaxation subsequent week and attempt to do my finest for the Open [Championship] and the Olympics.”

Niemann had two photographs that went 569 yards at 17 and he two-putted from 14 ft to take the lead at 18 below, however he shortly had firm.

Merritt, who was within the ultimate group with Niemann, made his fourth birdie in a five-hole stretch to share the lead at 17.

Davis joined the leaders with the eagle-birdie end.

“I have been in some good positions earlier than, however to play the golf that I performed coming down the stretch was simply superior,” mentioned Davis, who entered the event with 4 top-10 finishes the previous two years.

Merritt, 35, was capturing for his third PGA Tour win and first since 2018. He has been in rivalry currently, however has come up simply quick.

“It has been a pleasant couple two months, 4 top-10s, now good end this week,” he mentioned. “I simply hope for that win. We’re knocking on the door.”

Niemann, 22, shared the second- and third-round lead and was runner-up for the third time, together with developing quick in a playoff on the Sentry Match of Champions.

Final week on the Vacationers Championship, Harris English beat Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff that tied the second-longest sudden loss of life in PGA Tour historical past. Hickok caught round to observe the playoff in Detroit after ending 6 below.

Alex Noren (64) had a share of the lead at 17. He bought out of the warmth and humidity, however deliberate to go away the comfy clubhouse as quickly somebody was a stroke forward of him, and that occurred with a trio of rivals. Noren tied for fourth with Hank Lebioda (68).

Bubba Watson surged up the leaderboard earlier on the recent and steamy afternoon with a 64 to place him at 16 below. That briefly gave him a share of the lead, and he tied for sixth with Brandon Hagy (68).

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