Davis eyes boost before Aust Open defence

Cameron Davis and Curtis Luck will contest the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic at the Mexico course where they won the Eisenhower Trophy as amateurs.

06-Nov-2018 By Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press
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Cameron Davis has collected more than $A130,000 in prizemoney and some of the most prestigious amateur golf trophies in two whirlwind trips to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The Sydney youngster hopes to continue his run of success in the coastal resort when he tees up at this week's Mayakoba Classic - his final US PGA Tour event before returning home to defend his Australian Open title.

Davis' last appearance at the Mayakoba was his PGA Tour debut in 2016 when he tied 15th and pocketed about $A136,000.

Two months earlier, before turning professional, Davis led Australia to a whopping 19-shot victory and claimed the individual honours at the World Amateur Teams Championship - also held at Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club.

Davis, now a PGA Tour rookie playing within the cut-throat Web.com Tour graduates category, is sacrificing a likely start at next week's RSM Classic in Georgia in order to defend his Australian Open crown at The Lakes in his home city.

The 23-year-old knows he needs a strong result at the Mayakoba, given the Web.com graduates are re-ranked after the RSM Classic - their order determining how many PGA Tour starts each is given.

"(The Australian Open) is going to be a quick turnaround from playing in Mexico but I'm super excited as it's been a while since I've been back in Australia," Davis told AAP.

"It's going to be a very different experience than the Open last year; I don't know what to expect because it's the first (pro) tournament I've defended, but it's going to be fun."

Also in the field at the $US7.2 million Mayakoba is fellow Australian Curtis Luck, who played alongside Davis on the victorious Eisenhower team and finished runner-up to him in the individual category.

Perth native Luck is also among the Web.com graduates but has carded mixed results in his first three starts this season, with two missed cuts and a tie for 50th.

The 22-year-old is confident he can draw from the positive memories at El Camaleon and ignite his PGA Tour season with a hot result.

"I have such great memories of Mayakoba ... that (2016 World Amateur Teams Championship) is probably the most enjoyable event I've ever played," Luck said.

"Now golf is back in the Olympics, the Eisenhower was that last event outside the World Cup where you could represent (Australia).

"I feel comfortable around the course and that is refreshing compared to the first three courses this season."

Matt Jones rounds out the Australian contingent in the event starting Friday AEDT, while Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler headline the field.


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