November 26, 2017 / 5:40 AM / in a year

Golf-Unheralded Davis wins Australian Open after Day blow-up

SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - World number 1,494 Cameron Davis shot a stunning seven-under-par 64 to win the Australian Open by a stroke on Sunday after compatriot and overnight leader Jason Day’s title charge ended in a mid-round collapse.

The 22-year-old Australian holed out for an eagle from the fairway at the 12th and sank an eight foot putt for his sixth birdie at the 18th to finish on 11-under-par, a shot ahead of 2015 champion Matt Jones (68) and Swede Jonas Blixt (68).

Former world number one Day started the day with a one-stroke lead but a double bogey at the ninth after he found sand and water effectively ended his hopes of a maiden title at his home open. He finished fifth on eight-under after a 73.

World number two Jordan Spieth ended his title defence with an eagle at the 18th but his closing 67 was not enough to bridge the gap to the leaders and he finished eighth on six-under at The Australian Golf Course. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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