18 Jan 2020 | Professional golf |

Davis moves up in California

by Martin Blake

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Cam Davis is playing beautifully at the start of 2020. Photo: Getty

Cameron Davis is delivering on the promise he showed when he secured his PGA Tour card for 2019-20 at the end of last year in dramatic circumstances.

The Sydney star has shown up for the second week in a row, shooting a 5-under 67 at the Stadium Course today in California to move into contention at The American Express at La Quinta.

Davis, 24, the 2017 Australian Open champion, had his first-ever top 10 on the tour last week in Hawaii and had a share of the lead through two rounds.

This week he has been brilliant, and today he rolled in six birdies to move to 11-under, within four shots of joint leaders Rickie Fowler and Scottie Scheffler through two rounds.

The New South Welshman made his debut on tour last season but had to go via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to ensure that he retained his card, pulling out two great rounds at the Nashville Open to sneak into the place that he needed to be.

A 6-under 66 on Friday makes Cam Percy the next best Australian at 4-under for the week, one shot ahead of Greg Chalmers and Aaron Baddeley.

Meanwhile on the European Tour, Lucas Herbert vaulted up with a second consecutive 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and is just outside the top 10.

At six-under, Victorian Herbert is four from the lead but Zach Murray and Jason Scrivener at five-under are in the mix as well.

In Asia, New South Welshman Travis Smyth is having a good week, reaching five-under par through two rounds to be inside the top 10 at the Singapore Open.

On the LPGA Tour, seven-time major winner Inbee Park, who is coming to Australia for the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, has a share of the lead in the Diamond Resorts Championship alongside Brooke Henderson.

There are no Australians playing in the LPGA Tour opener.

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