DETROIT — Cam Davis holed a 50-foot sand shot on the 71st gap of regulation and that propelled him right into a five-hole playoff the place he outlasted Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann to win the Rocket Mortgage Traditional for his first PGA Tour victory.
“It is the one motive I am sitting right here now,” Davis mentioned at a information convention alongside the trophy. “To be trustworthy, in my head there wasn’t a considered making an attempt to gap it.”
Davis finally gained when Merritt missed a 6-foot par putt on the fifth playoff gap.
Davis missed putts to win on every of the playoff holes, however maintained his composure as a result of he knew good photographs arrange the putts he simply missed.
The 26-year-old from Australia left 6-foot and 18-foot putts excessive, a 25-foot putt low and a 19-footer excessive. He misinterpret a break on a 12-foot putt on the fifth playoff gap and settled for a par, then gained when Merritt made bogey.
“I simply tried to place as a lot out of my thoughts as I may and simply hit each shot for what it was value,” Davis mentioned. “So simple as that is mentioned, it is so exhausting to do when the strain’s on like that. I simply saved on placing good swings on it.
“I suppose I did not make any putts, however I saved on placing it in play, so it labored out all proper.”
Davis closed with a 5-under 67 to match Merritt (68) and Niemann (68) at 18-under 270 at Detroit Golf Membership. Niemann dropped out of the playoff with a bogey on the primary further gap, his first bogey of the week.
“It is exhausting to be standing right here realizing that there’s a playoff occurring proper now,” Niemann informed reporters.
Niemann had an opportunity to win it on the 72nd gap, however left a 17-foot putt excessive.
“I ought to have gained this match, however I imply, it’s what it’s,” Niemann mentioned. “I’ll go relaxation subsequent week and attempt to do my greatest for the Open [Championship] and the Olympics.”
Niemann had two photographs that went 569 yards at 17 and he two-putted from 14 toes to take the lead at 18 underneath, however he rapidly had firm.
Merritt, who was within the remaining group with Niemann, made his fourth birdie in a five-hole stretch to share the lead at 17.
Davis joined the leaders with the eagle-birdie end.
“I have been in some good positions earlier than, however to play the golf that I performed coming down the stretch was simply superior,” mentioned Davis, who entered the match with 4 top-10 finishes the previous two years.
Merritt, 35, was capturing for his third PGA Tour win and first since 2018. He has been in competition recently, however has come up simply brief.
“It has been a pleasant couple two months, 4 top-10s, now good end this week,” he mentioned. “I simply hope for that win. We’re knocking on the door.”
Niemann, 22, shared the second- and third-round lead and was runner-up for the third time, together with developing brief in a playoff on the Sentry Event of Champions.
Final week on the Vacationers Championship, Harris English beat Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff that tied the second-longest sudden loss of life in PGA Tour historical past. Hickok caught round to observe the playoff in Detroit after ending 6 underneath.
Alex Noren (64) had a share of the lead at 17. He bought out of the warmth and humidity, however deliberate to depart the snug clubhouse as quickly somebody was a stroke forward of him, and that occurred with a trio of opponents. Noren tied for fourth with Hank Lebioda (68).
Bubba Watson surged up the leaderboard earlier on the new and steamy afternoon with a 64 to place him at 16 underneath. That briefly gave him a share of the lead, and he tied for sixth with Brandon Hagy (68).