KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – Cam Davis had “one really poor swing” that led to a triple bogey in his opening spherical on the PGA Championship on Thursday however put the setback behind him and completed robust, pulling right into a six-way tie for second in his debut on the main.
The 26-year-old Australian noticed his tee shot on the par-four sixth gap sail out of bounds and his drop in the bunker didn’t go in keeping with plan.
“It was a bit disappointing coming out of it with a triple because I actually thought I did a good drop in the sand,” he instructed reporters.
“I thought I had found a nice, flat spot and it just took a half roll to the side into a footprint and from there it became a battle.
“But from then onwards, the subsequent gap, I hit a very good tee shot and form of saved it rolling.”
Where others faltered coming in amid the windy conditions at the Ocean Course, Davis kept his scorecard clean on the back nine and finished his round with four birdies and an eagle for a 3-under 69, two shots back of leader Corey Conners.
“With the wind not being tremendous robust, these remaining holes did not have as a lot tooth as they might have had in any other case,” said Davis, who went as part of the afternoon wave.
“The final couple days in the follow rounds, these holes have been somewhat extra fascinating.”
Davis said staying cool when the pressure is on will be key as he looks to win his first major title.
“It helps once you’re hitting the ball in good spots and not likely having to emphasize an excessive amount of,” he said.
“There was one gap the place I used to be somewhat bit frazzled however for probably the most half, I used to be doing my very own factor, taking part in the golf course the best way that I see matches my recreation and that is actually all I can do.
“And just try to chill out between shots.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; writing by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)