DETROIT – Cam davis punched 50 feet of sand on hole 71, which propelled him to the five-hole playoffs where he survived Troy Merritt as well as Joaquin Niemann Win the Rocket Mortgage Classic for your first PGA Tour win.
“This is the only reason I’m sitting here right now,” Davis said at a press conference along with the trophy. “To be honest, there was no thought in my head about punching a hole.”
Davis ultimately won when Merritt missed a 6-foot doubles shot in the fifth hole of the playoffs.
Davis missed shots to win every hole in the playoffs, but kept his composure because he knew good shots mattered to shots he had just missed.
The 26-year-old Australian player left a putt 6 feet 18 feet high, 25 feet high and 19 feet high. He misread the 12-foot hit break on the fifth hole in the playoffs and settled on a par and then won when Merritt made a bogeyman.
“I just tried to get the best I could out of my head and hit every blow, no matter what it cost,” Davis said. “As simple as it is, it’s so difficult to do with this pressure. I just kept rocking it.
“I guess I didn’t putt, but I kept playing, so it worked out.”
Davis finished with a score of 5 or under 67 to match Merritt (68) and Niemann (68) with 18 and 270 at the Detroit Golf Club. Niemann dropped out of the playoffs with a ghost on the first extra hole, his first ghost of the week.
“It’s hard to stand here knowing the playoffs are in progress,” Niemann told reporters.
Niemann had a chance to win it in the 72nd hole, but left the shot 17 feet high.
“I should have won this tournament, but I mean this is what it is,” Niemann said. “I am going to rest next week and will try to do my best for the Open [Championship] and the Olympic Games “.
Niemann had two shots that went 569 yards in 17th and took two shots from 14ft to get ahead in 18th, but he quickly got company.
Merritt, who was in the last group with Niemann, made his fourth bird in five holes and tied the lead in 17th place.
Davis joined the leaders with a bird-eagle finish.
“I used to have some good positions, but the golf I played downhill was amazing,” said Davis, who has competed in a four-hit tournament in the top 10 over the past two years.
The 35-year-old Merritt is aiming for his third PGA win and his first since 2018. He’s been at odds lately, but he hasn’t had enough.
“It was a great couple for two months, four top 10 competitors and now a good finish this week,” he said. “I just hope for this victory. We’re knocking on the door. “
Niemann, 22, shared the lead in the second and third rounds and finished second for the third time, including losing in the playoffs of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Travelers Championship last week Harris English beat Kramer Hickok to the eight-hole playoffs, which was the second longest sudden death in PGA Tour history. Hickok stayed behind to watch the playoffs in Detroit after finishing 6 under.
Alex Noren (64) had a leadership share at age 17. He got out of the heat and humidity, but planned to leave the comfortable club as soon as someone got ahead of him, and this happened to three members. Noren shared the fourth with Hank Lebioda (68).