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Australia’s two Cams led the way on the PGA Tour and LIV Golf in a mixed bag for the Down Under gang. Cam Davis led the way during a disappointing campaign for the Australians at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill while Cam Smith lost in a playoff at LIV Golf Hong Kong.

As world No.1 Scottie Scheffler romped to a five-shot victory over Wyndham Clark, Sydneysider Davis signed for a final round of 70 to finish at two-under-par and tied for 18th, the best of the green and gold mob at Bay Hill, the famed course in Orlando, Florida.

The remainder of Australia’s cohort at the $US20 million signature event – big names Min Woo Lee, Jason Day and Adam Scott – failed to fire with all finishing outside the top 30.

Day, the 2016 Palmer winner at Bay Hill, was next best after Davis with his final-round 73 dropping him one shot to two-over and tied for 36th. Lee came off a tie for second, his best result on the PGA Tour, at last week’s PGA Tour event in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and many tipped him to carry his form into Bay Hill. But Lee struggled with the rough and finished tied for 44th at three-over.

Scott, who owned five top-10 results in his past seven results worldwide, was five-over through two rounds and missed the cut.

Meanwhile, on LIV Golf, 2022 Open champion Smith recorded his best result of 2024 with a tie for second at LIV Golf Hong Kong. Smith forced a playoff at 13-under-par with Abraham Ancer and Paul Casey. When Smith flared his approach to the greenside bunker on the first playoff hole, Ancer, the 2018 Australian Open champion at The Lakes, put them to the sword by hitting a 9-iron to three feet and draining the birdie putt for his first LIV victory and a cool $US4 million prize.

Smith’s Ripper GC teammate, Lucas Herbert, made a final-day charge and finished tied for 15th at nine-under, just four shots out of the playoff. Matt Jones tied for 21st at seven-under and Marc Leishman shared 29th at five-under. In the teams event, Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC claimed victory while Joaquin Niemann’s Torque GC were second and Ripper GC third.

On the DP World Tour, Perth’s Jason Scrivener was the top Australian, tied for 17th at four-under at the Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa. On the LPGA Tour, Minjee Lee was unable to convert her first-round lead into victory, sharing fourth place with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko at the Blue Bay LPGA.

Results courtesy of PGA of Australia


Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida

1          Scottie Scheffler         70-67-70-66–273        US$4,000,000

T18      Cam Davis                  72-70-74-70–286        $289,000

T36      Jason Day                   70-74-73-73–290        $88,375

T44      Min Woo Lee               69-73-76-73–291        $64,000

MC      Adam Scott 73-76

Puerto Rico Open

Grand Reserve Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

1          Brice Garnett               66-66-68-69–269        US$720,000

T23      Aaron Baddeley           70-69-67-70–276        $32,333

T42      Harrison Endycott       69-71-68-70–278        $13,423

MC      Gareth Steyn (a)         71-73

MC      Geoff Ogilvy                71-75  


Blue Bay LPGA

Jian Lake Blue Bay Course, China

1          Bailey Tardy (USA)     68-70-66-65–269        US$330,000

T4        Minjee Lee                 65-72-70-68–275        $95,907

T15      Gabi Ruffels               72-71-68-70–281        $29,247

MC      Karis Davidson           72-75

MC      Robyn Choi                 75-73

DP World Tour

Jonsson Workwear Open

Glendower Golf Club, Edenvale, South Africa

1          Matteo Manassero      68-61-67-66–262        €255,000

T17      Jason Scrivener                     68-66-70-68–272    

LIV Golf

LIV Golf Hong Kong

Hong Kong Golf Club, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong

1          Abraham Ancer           63-62-72–197                         US$4,000,000

T2        Cam Smith                  67-64-66–197             $1.875,000

T2        Paul Casey (Eng         )           66-67-64–197             $1.875,000

(Ancer won on first playoff hole)

T15      Lucas Herbert             70-64-67–201             $278,750

T21      Matt Jones                  64-68-71–203             $204,286

T29      Marc Leishman                       68-68-69–205             $165,000

Champions Tour

Cologuard Classic

La Paloma Country Club, Tucson, Arizona

1 Joe Durant (USA)                67-66-67–200             US$330,000

T2 Steve Alker (NZ)                69-68-65–202             $161,333

T7 Greg Chalmers                  67-70-67–204             $59.086

T17 David Bransdon               66-70-70–206                         $32,065

T21 Steve Allen                                  71-68-68–207                         $23,833

T21 Mark Hensby                   71-66-70–207             $23,833

T27 Michael Wright                 72-69-67–208             $18,260

T32 John Senden                   71-67-71–209                         $14,850

T43 Richard Green                 75-67-69–211             $8800

T49 Rod Pampling                  70-70-72–212             $6380

T61 Stuart Appleby                 70-73-72–215             $3300

Korn Ferry Tour

Astara Chile Classic

Prince of Wales Country Club, Santiago, Chile

1          Taylor Dickson            68-67-70-66–271        US$180,000

T47      Curtis Luck                  65-75-70-71–281        $4310

MC      Rhein Gibson              75-66–141

MC      Brett Drewitt                72-70–142

MC      Charlie Hillier (NZ)      75-70–145

Epson Tour

Florida’s Natural Charity Classic

Country Club of Winter Haven, Winter Haven, Florida

1          Valery Plata (Col)       70-66-70–206             US$37,500

3          Cassie Porter             69-69-70–208             $17.092

MC      Amelia Garvey (NZ)    77-73

MC      Su Oh                          76-79