2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic Recap

Cam Davis Wins First Career PGA Tour Event

Detroit, MI  — Cameron Davis has won the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic, and for the second straight week in a row, a PGA Tour event has ended in a playoff.  Finishing regulation with a chip-in eagle followed by a birdie, he drove through his competition in the Motor City at the Detroit Golf Club. 

At one point on this championship Sunday, there were 18 different players within two shots of the lead.  It was almost anyone’s tournament to win and there was a lot of movement. As the day progressed, the 18 players whittled down to five who were tied for the lead at 17-under par.  Those five men were Alex Noren, Cameron Davis, Hank Lebioda, Troy Merritt, and Joaquin Niemann.  From there, just three finished at 18-under: Niemann, Merritt, and of course, Davis. 

The three-way playoff lasted five holes.  Both Merritt and Davis scored pars on the first playoff hole, while Niemann had his first bogey in the entire week of play and was eliminated.  That marks the second time this season that Niemann has lost in a playoff. 

The two would then proceed to play four more holes before Merritt missed a par putt while Davis made his on their last hole.  This was Davis’ first PGA Tour win in 71 starts. He’s the seventh first-time winner this season, and also the fourth Australian to win this season.  Prior to this, he’d won one tournament on both the Australian PGA tour and also the Web.com tour.  This win allows the 26-year-old to earn fully exempt status on the PGA tour from 2022-23. 

Those were just some of the players who made their names known on Sunday.  Jason Kokrak made five birdies in a row at one point and looked to get his third win this season but cooled off and finished in tied for 12th at 14-under.  Jason Day made a surge early Sunday and shot a six-under 66 to finish tied for 14th.  Bubba Watson also shot a 66 and redeemed his final round woes from last week to finish tied for sixth. 

The next stop for the PGA Tour is the John Deere Classic.  It was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the reigning champion is the 2019 tournament winner, Dylan Frittelli. Frittelli, a South African player who also has two European Tour wins under his belt, will be defending his only PGA Tour title.  He’ll be up against an easier-than-average field as many pros elect to head off to England early to prepare for The Open.  Pat Perez, Si Woo Kim, Zach Johnson, and this year’s Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker, will also compete. 

Cameron Davis What’s In The Bag

Driver: Titleist TSi3 9° (UST Mamiya LIN-Q White 7)

3 Wood: Titleist TS3 15° (Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7 TX)

3 Iron: Titleist T200 (KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype 105 X)

Irons: Titleist 620 MB (4-PW) / (KBS Tour-V 120 X)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-14F, 60T) / (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless 2 Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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