Blaine, Minn. - Cam Davis, the Australian golf sensation, managed to sneak into the top 70 of the FedExCup standings, albeit for now. In the final round of the 3M Open on Sunday, Davis showcased his prowess, carding a remarkable 65, which included five birdies in the last 10 holes. His strong finish at 14 under par tied him for 10th place in the tournament. Although he finished ten shots behind the winner, Lee Hodges, Davis achieved more than just another top-10 finish for the year – he rose to the 69th spot in the FedExCup standings.
At the beginning of the week, Davis was ranked 76th, but his exceptional performance at TPC Twin Cities propelled him into the top 70, along with Lee Hodges, who moved from 74th to 33rd after his resounding seven-stroke victory.
Davis' round picked up steam at the par-4 ninth hole, following a bogey on the eighth. He executed an incredible approach shot from the rough, landing the ball within 15 feet of the hole, and confidently sunk the putt for a birdie. This kick-started a series of birdies, with Davis making five over his next eight holes. Notably, his approach on the par-5 12th set him up for a 20-foot birdie putt, which he expertly converted. He continued his birdie streak by sinking a 24-footer on the par-3 13th, and then another birdie on the 14th.
The impressive final round catapulted Davis from a T27 position to a T10 finish on the leaderboard. This result earned him 70 FedExCup points, 39 more than a T27 finish would have provided. Though seemingly small, this difference has made a significant impact, elevating him from 74th to 69th in the standings. Austin Eckroat currently occupies the 70th spot, with a mere three points separating him from Ben Taylor in 71st place.
Despite his advancement to the top 70, Davis remains well aware that his spot in the Playoffs is far from secure. He maintains a slim 13-point lead over Ben Taylor. Therefore, he understands the importance of continuing his strong performance at the upcoming Regular Season finale, the Wyndham Championship.
As the golfing world eagerly anticipates the Wyndham Championship, the players inside the top 70 are keenly aware of the stakes. A solid performance at this event will grant them entry to the FedEx St. Jude Championship, scheduled for August 10-13 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
Meanwhile, players like Keith Mitchell, Sam Ryder, and Kevin Streelman have experienced significant jumps in the standings. Mitchell climbed from 66th to 57th after a stellar fourth-round 67, securing a T5 finish. Ryder's impressive back-nine 29 on Saturday and solid performance on Sunday helped him jump seven spots to 62nd, placing him in a strong position for the Playoffs.
For players on the bubble, like Austin Eckroat, who moved from 65th to 70th, and those just outside the top 70, including Ben Taylor and K.H. Lee, the Wyndham Championship represents a critical opportunity to earn their spot in the Playoffs. As the season nears its climax, the competition is intense, and every stroke counts as the golfers strive to secure their positions and pursue their championship dreams.