By Billy Watkins. Photos by Chris Todd
Cameron Davis was 6 years old when Sergio Garcia won his first PGA tournament.
Davis will play in the final pairing with Garcia Sunday in the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at Country Club of Jackson. Both are 14-under par, as is J.T. Poston.
Brandt Snedeker, a Vanderbilt product, and Kristopher Ventura are one shot back.
Davis, 25, birdied the first five holes Saturday on his way to a 63.
“It was one of those rounds where you just kinda forget where you’re at,” said Davis, who grew up in Australia. “I did a really good job of staying in the moment. And sometimes you just find that zone where you’re trusting your driver, trusting your irons, the putter feels real good.”
Now in his third season on the PGA Tour, Davis feels he’s ready to grab his first victory.
“I’m more consistent, making a lot more cuts,” Davis said. “I feel like my golf is good enough. The first year, I feel like I tried way too hard but I knew I had the game to be out here.”
Garcia, winner of 10 PGA Tour events and champion of the 2017 Masters, said he has been more than pleased with his physical and mental approach.
“I’m comfortable. Enjoy the course. Believe in myself. Trusting myself,” said Garcia, 40, a member of nine European Ryder Cup teams. “And that’s what I have to do (Sunday), too. Sundays are always a little more difficult, but I’ve got to go out there and go with the same routine. Just go with it — even if I stumble a little bit early on, just believe that what I’m doing is right.”
Garcia added: “I try to have fun every week that I play golf. It’s what I do best. One of the beautiful things about this game and why we love it so much is that it can also be frustrating. If it was easy, everyone could do it. And if it was easy you’d probably get bored.”
Spectators aren’t allowed to attend this year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Golf Channel will televise Sunday’s final round beginning at 3 p.m. Central time.