Texas (Reuters) – Britain’s Brian Davis could be forgiven for thinking the golfing gods have deserted him but he maintained a positive outlook after finishing runner-up at the Colonial Invitational on Sunday.
While the Englishman had to settle for the bridesmaid’s role for the second time in six weeks on the PGA Tour, he firmly believed a breakthrough win would eventually come his way through sheer persistence.
“If I keep knocking on the door, I am going to get one soon,” Davis told reporters after finishing three strokes behind American winner Zach Johnson at Colonial Country Club.
“It’s been a great week. If you would have said at the start of this week, after three missed cuts in a row, you are going to finish second you would be delighted.”
Six weeks ago, Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk for the Heritage Classic at Hilton Head after calling a two-stroke penalty on himself at the first extra hole, an act of sportsmanship that gained him fame well beyond golf.
Although he missed three cuts before arriving at Colonial for this week’s event, he regained form to share the third-round lead and was two shots clear of the chasing pack with 11 holes remaining on Sunday.
“I had a chance today, I just couldn’t get over the hump,” Davis said after closing with a two-under-par 68. “Zach played great. He won the tournament, I didn’t lose it.
“It’s been a couple of times now where guys have shot low to beat me and maybe I need to go a bit lower next time.”
Johnson fired a sizzling 64 on a hot and humid afternoon at Colonial, overhauling Davis with a barrage of long-range birdie putts on the back nine.
Davis, seeking a maiden PGA Tour victory to add to his two European Tour titles, had forged two ahead with a birdie at the seventh but was unable to pick up any further shots over the closing stretch.
“I had a couple of chances and didn’t really hit it close,” the 35-year-old Englishman said. “Just didn’t quite hit good enough shots.
“I had a great chance just before they blew the horn. Then we went back out and I missed an eight-footer which obviously would have put the pressure on,” Davis added, referring to his birdie attempt at the par-four 17th after a weather delay.
“Overall, though, I played great, I didn’t have many bogeys this week. I just came off three missed cuts. There are a lot of positives to take from it.”
(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ian Ransom)