Cam Davis defeats Troy Merritt on fifth playoff hole for first PGA Tour win

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Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when Troy Merritt missed a 6-foot par putt on the fifth hole of a playoff. Davis missed putts to win on each of the playoff holes. The 26-year-old Australian left 6- and 18-foot putts high, a 25-foot putt low, and a 19-footer high. He misread an opportunity on a 12-foot putt on the fifth playoff hole, then won when Merritt made bogey. Davis closed with a 5-under 67 to match Merritt (68) and Joaquin Niemann (68) at 18-under 270 at Detroit Golf Club. Niemann dropped out of the playoff with a bogey on the primary extra hole, his first bogey of the week.

Niemann had an opportunity to win it on the 72nd hole but left a 17-foot putt high. Davis holed a 50-foot sand shot for eagle on the par-5 17th and birdied the par-4 18th to urge to 18 under. Niemann followed with two shots that went 569 yards and he two-putted from 14 feet to require the lead at 18 under, but he quickly had company. Merritt, who was within the final group with Niemann, made his fourth birdie during a five-hole stretch to share the lead. Davis joined them with the eagle-birdie finish. The 22-year-old Niemann shared the second-and third-round lead and was runner-up for the third time, including arising shortly during a playoff at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Last week at the Travelers Championship, Harris English beat Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff that tied the second-longest overtime in PGA Tour history. Hickock stuck around to observe the playoff in Detroit after finishing 6 under. Alex Noren (64) had a share of the lead at 17. He got out of the warmth and humidity but planned to go away to the comfortable clubhouse as soon someone was a stroke before him which happened with a trio of competitors. Noren tied for fourth with Hank Lebioda (68). Bubba Watson surged up the leaderboard earlier on the recent and steamy afternoon with a 64 to place him at 16 under. That briefly gave him a share of the lead, and he tied for sixth with Brandon Hagy (68).

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