Cam Davis wins first PGA Tour five-hole playoff event at Rocket Mortgage Classic – .

Cam Davis wins first PGA Tour five-hole playoff event at Rocket Mortgage Classic – .

DETROIT – Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when Troy Merritt missed a 6-foot putt on the fifth hole of a playoff.

Davis missed putts to win every hole in the playoffs. The 26-year-old Australian left 6 and 18-foot high putts, a 25-foot low putt and a 19-foot high. He misinterpreted a break on a 12-foot putt on the fifth hole of the playoffs, then won when Merritt bogeyed.

Davis finished under 67 to tie Merritt (68) and Joaquin Niemann (68) under 270 at Detroit Golf Club. Niemann left the playoffs with a bugy on the first extra hole, his first buggy of the week.

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Niemann had a chance to win it at the 72nd hole, but left a 17-foot-high putt.

Davis landed a 50-foot sandblast for the eagle on the 17th par-5 and birdie on the 18th par-4 to go down to 18 under.

Niemann followed with two shots that went 569 yards and he put in two 14-foot putts to take the 18-under lead, but he quickly had company.

Merritt, who was in the final group with Niemann, birdied his fourth in a five-hole streak to share the lead. Davis joined them with the eagle-birdie finish.

Niemann, 22, shared the lead in the second and third rounds and finished second for the third time, including eliminating the Sentry Tournament of Champions playoffs.

Last week at the Travelers Championship, Harris English beat Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff that tied the second longest sudden death in PGA Tour history. Hickock stayed on to watch the playoffs in Detroit after finishing 6 under.

Alex Noren (64) had a share of the lead at 17. He got out of the heat and humidity but planned to leave the cozy clubhouse as soon as someone got ahead of him and it happened with a trio of competitors. Noren is tied for fourth with Hank Lebioda (68).

Bubba Watson climbed the rankings earlier in the scorching hot afternoon with a 64 to put him at 16 under. This briefly gave him a share of the lead, and he was tied for sixth with Brandon Hagy (68).


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