A big-hitting young Australian has taken some of the limelight on the opening day of the 2017 Emirates Australian Open.
Big hitting Australian youngster Cameron Davis has made the most of the perfect morning conditions at The Australian GC in Sydney to lead the 2017 Emirates Australian Open by two shots.
Davis carded nine birdies in his superb opening round to take some of the limelight of the bigger names in the field.
World number 12 Jason Day got off to a great start in his first Australian Open since 2013 and is just three shots behind Davis in a tie for third place. Day will be lamenting a double-bogey on his 17th hole but still managed to card a 5-under 66.
Open champion Jordan Spieth had a tougher time of it on Thursday. Playing in the more challenging, windier afternoon conditions, Spieth was surprisingly erratic and managed to eke out a 1-under par round that included five bogeys and six birdies.
While some may be surprised at seeing Davis’ name leading the better known names, it’s no surprise to see the 22-year-old take a liking to The Australian Golf Club layout.
Davis won the Australian Amateur title here in 2015 when he overcame all opponents and the golf course with some powerful, long hitting.
Billed as one of Australian golf’s next big things at the time, Davis may now be ready to shine on the big stage of professional golf. Two years on and Davis is leading an Australian Open.