Davis misses out on first US win

PUBLISHED: 14:55 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

TWO fine rounds of 65, 67 gave former Herts county player Brian Davis hope of winning his first American title in Florida. Davis was eight under par and leading the field at halfway in the Honda Classic, but despite a battling performance it was Ernie Els

TWO fine rounds of 65, 67 gave former Herts county player Brian Davis hope of winning his first American title in Florida.

Davis was eight under par and leading the field at halfway in the Honda Classic, but despite a battling performance it was Ernie Els who triumphed in the end.

The PGA National course at Palm Beach Gardens, redesigned by Jack Nicklaus, proved a daunting test.

In the end, a six under par 274 total from Els gave him the title by a shot from Davis's English colleague Luke Donald, whose chip from the fringe stopped three inches short of the final hole to deprive him of a play-off.

Davis followed his opening rounds with a three over par 73 to be five under.

On the last day he had dropped to one under before a birdie on the final hole for another 73 left him on two under 278.

A tie for seventh place earned him $160,000, giving him a total since the start of the season of $210,000 for 78th place on the US Tour money list.

Last year second place in the St Jude Classic brought him £250,000.


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