Davis claims share of lead in PGA event

Australian Cameron Davis has fired a nine-under 63 to propel himself into the lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA Tour.

CAMERON DAVIS of Australia.
CAMERON DAVIS of Australia. Picture: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cameron Davis birdied the first five holes and added an eagle on the back nine for good measure to vault to the top of the leaderboard in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Shooting a tournament-low nine-under 63, the 25-year-old Australian made the biggest move during the third round of the PGA event at the Country Club of Jackson.

As well as the carding the lowest round, Davis also produced the shot of the day on the par-5 14th hole.

He landed his approach from 266 yards to nine feet and went on to make eagle.

At 14-under 202, Davis shares the lead with Sergio Garcia (66) and JT Poston (69).

The leading group is one shot clear of Brandt Snedeker (67) and Norway's Kristoffer Ventura (68).

Davis said lightning starts to his rounds had been few and far between in recent times.

"It's nice to get on the train," he said.

"It's been a little while since I've had a kick like that to start my round out."

Garcia is seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2017 Masters and earned a share of the third-round lead while putting with his eyes closed.

Garcia, who has missed three of his past four cuts, used a sizzling stretch around the turn and steady finish to card a bogey-free, six-under-par 66.

After his round, Garcia was asked about his decision to go with the no-look strokes on the greens.

"I don't know why - it is what I'm doing, but I don't know why it's such a big deal. I don't see anywhere in the book of rules of golf where it says that you can't do it," Garcia said.

"At the end of the day, we're all trying to find ways to be better, to be more consistent, and that's what works for me.

"I've done it for quite a while now in practice and obviously in most of my tournaments. It's just a personal thing that I feel like it helps me, and that's why I do it."

In contrast to Davis' spectacular round, fellow Australian Cameron Percy slipped out of contention after carding 74 to be at three-under 213.