Cameron Davis plays a shot at the  OHL Classic  in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Cameron Davis plays a shot at the OHL Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Tim Bradbury

Aussie rookie heads home after big Mexican pay day

GOLF: Young Australian Cameron Davis will head into this week's Australian Open full of confidence and $130,000 richer after a great result in just his second tournament as a professional.

The 21-year-old finished in a tie for 15th at 12-under in his US PGA Tour debut after one-under final round in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

"I try not to think about that (the prizemoney),” he said. "Not think about a top 10, not think about the money - just go out there and have a round of golf.

"I think I did a pretty good job of that. I wasn't too nervous out there.”

Sydneysider Davis was nine shots behind American winner Pat Perez, who won by two shots from compatriot Gary Woodland with Scotland's Russell Knox a shot back in third.

Davis went into the final round at 11-under and tied 14th, before mixing four birdies and three bogeys.

He showed few nerves during the tournament, shooting a five-under-par 66 first round in his first ever day on the US PGA tour, with five birdies and an eagle to be tied 11th.

"The only thing today I feel like held me back for the majority of the round was maybe one bad drive. (I had) a lot of close calls with the putter,” he said.

"I felt like I've played really solid all week. I feel like I can hold my own out here.”

He is heading home for the Australian Open which starts on Thursday at Royal Sydney.

"I know Royal Sydney. I feel like the way I hit the ball around this course could put me in pretty good stead for next week,” Davis said.

"I'm just going to have to treat it as a brand new tournament - start all over again, go back to the range, make sure everything's in shape.

"There are going to be a lot of good players out there as well.”

Some of the best players in the world, including Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy and Peter Senior, will start on Thursday.

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