No one was more surprised by who won the Australian Open than the champion himself.
Cameron Davis came from six shots behind going into the final round to win by one stroke on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 64 that included a birdie on the 18th and an eagle after holing a 100-meter approach shot.
The star draw cards — Jason Day and Jordan Spieth — were top 10 finishers, but weren’t holding the Stonehaven Cup aloft at the end of the day.
“It’s a little bit numb at the moment,” Davis said. “I just didn’t expect to be in this situation.”
Davis started his round six groups ahead of the final one that included Day. When Davis finished with his 64, he had to wait more than an hour, most of it taken up at the practice range in case there was a playoff.
“I didn’t even see a leaderboard before I hit that putt on the last hole,” Davis said. “So I made that, and I thought, `I’ll be up around the top’. But to come into the scorers’ hut and see where I was at, I was kind of blown away. I had no idea I’d be there.”
Adding to the surprise: Davis lost his card to play on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada this year and before Sunday, had never had a top-10 finish as a professional. And last week he missed the cut in the New South Wales Open.
The 22-year-old Australian finished with an 11-under total of 273 at The Australian Golf Club, where gusty and unpredictable winds made low scoring difficult.
Ormsby wins, Cabrera Bello runner-up again in Hong Kong
Australia’s Wade Ormsby won the 2017 Hong Kong Open in dramatic fashion for his first European Tour win on Sunday.
Ormsby was 12 under and two shots ahead heading into the last, but bogeyed the final hole to head into the clubhouse at 11-under par, even with Rafa Cabrera Bello who was playing in the group behind.
Cabrera Bello, who started the day in the final pairing on 9 under, got off to a rocky start with a bogey on the third hole. He bounced back on the back half of the course to close on the leaders. A birdie on the 17th had him draw level with Ormsby for the lead.
A par on the 18th would have forced a play-off but his second shot into the bunker made for a difficult putt for par that the Scottish Open champion missed, handing the win to Ormsby.
“Feels amazing, mate. Just trying to hold it together here. Yeah, pretty stoked. Well, not pretty stoked: Very stoked,” said the 37-year old Ormsby. “I played solid all day. Just tried to keep pumping it out. Hit a lot of greens. Putter wasn’t quite behaving but just played solid. Sometimes that’s good enough. A bit disappointing to three-putt the last, but it’s a tricky pin down there. Anyway, good enough.”
Ormsby shot 68 for an overall total of 11-under 269, while Cabrera Bello finished in a group of four tied for second after a 69, finishing a stroke back with Americans Julian Suri (66) and Paul Peterson (67) and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork (68).