Davis wins Rocket Mortgage and debuts on PGA Tour

The Australian beat American Troy Merritt on the fifth hole of the final playoff to claim his first PGA Tour title. Chilean Joaquín Niemann finished third.


Australian Cam Davis was proclaimed champion of the Rocket Mortgage Classic tournament on the PGA Tour this Sunday, after beating American Troy Merritt in the five-hole playoff after having concluded the fourth round with a cumulative 270 strokes (-18), the same as the Chilean Joaquín Niemann.

The 26-year-old Davis' victory was his first as a professional on the PGA Tour, in the first playoff he has played.

The Australian golfer, who finished the fourth round with an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys for a record of 67 (-5), had several chances to have achieved the victory from the first playoff hole that began at 18, where Niemann was eliminated.

But Davis did not hit the decisive putts and ultimately sealed the victory on par 3 of the 15th hole, where Merritt bogeyed.

The new champion got into the tournament thanks to the eagle he made on the 17th hole and the birdie on the 18th hole of the fourth round to have the option of drawing with Merritt and Niemann and then playing the winning playoff.

Merritt, 35, who was seeking his third PGA tour title as a professional, the first since winning the 2018 Barbasol Champioship, and who had reached the final round as leader, like Niemann, could not define the triumph at hole 18 by failing for the birdie after he had made it in the previous two.

Niemann, who had made a perfect tournament, failed in the playoff with a second long shot that went slightly off the green and was eliminated on the first hole, par 4 of 18, after making his first bogey of the entire tournament.

Previously, Niemann, 22, had the opportunity to have won the title on the 18th hole at the end of the course when he missed a putt of just over five meters for the birdie, which would have been his third in a row and the fifth of the game.

Then in the Chilean golfer, who had led in two of the first three rounds, in the end he continued without luck with the tiebreaker when he lost the second he disputed as a professional and was left without his second title on the PGA Tour, where he won the first, on September 15, 2019, the Greenbrier Classic.

Nieman finished the fourth round with a record of 68 strokes (-4) to finish the round perfectly again at the Detroit Golf Club.

Along with Niemann, Latin American golf had the Argentinean Fabián Gómez highlighted by completing his best round of the tournament that allowed him to deliver a signed card of 67 strokes (-5) and accumulate 275 strokes (-13) to regain 11 places to place himself in fourteenth that he shared with six other players.His compatriot Nelson Ledesma also stood out with a record of 69 strokes (-3), the second best of the tournament, which gave him a cumulative 280 (-8) to climb 17 positions in the standings and finish in forty-first place, tied with 10 other golfers.

The cross of the coin among the Latin American players were the Colombians Camilo Villegas and Sebastián Muñoz, who did not have their best performances.Although he achieved a record of 71 strokes (-1), Villegas lost four positions in the final classification to share the 67th place with a cumulative 283 (-4) with three other players, including Muñoz, who had his worst performance of the tournament .

Muñoz, without concentration on his long strokes, had problems from the beginning of the course to conclude with a record of 76 (-4), which made him lose 52 places in the classification, the highest that occurred during the entire tournament.

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