Excited Davis ready to swing into 2022

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Five Australians will commence their 2022 PGA Tour campaigns in the idyllic setting of Kapalua on Friday, including Tournament of Champions debutant Cam Davis.

The 26-year-old earned a first invite to the PGA Tour's opening event of the year by virtue of his stunning breakthrough win in Detroit last July.

The other Aussies in the elite 38-man field are Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman (who won the teams event in New Orleans), Matt Jones (Honda Classic) and Lucas Herbert (Bermuda Championship).

Davis said a maiden appearance at the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort is just reward for his hard work, as he prepares to take on a field that includes 16 of the world's top 20.

"I've had to do something good to get here and I was really proud I was able to get a win on the board," he said.

"I've watched this tournament every year and I'm finally here and I can't wait to see it for myself.

"It's just nice to see myself progressing forward each year ... It's difficult playing against the best players in the world.

"This week is kind of the reward of playing well ... it's all been really exciting."

While Davis has had little time to acclimatise to the course and conditions in Maui, he is hopeful of a good showing.

"I know there are a lot of elevation changes, some big greens and a lot of fun shots," he said.

"I've got a whole bunch of memories on what guys have done out here and I hope I can make my own out there."

Herbert is another first-timer at Kapalua, courtesy of his first PGA Tour win late in October which catapulted him back inside the world's top 50.

Jon Rahm will have gone 83 days since he last hit a shot that counted when he tees off this week.

The Spaniard missed the cut in the Andalucia Masters three weeks after the Ryder Cup and was so fried, he said: "This is the first time in my life that I don't want to see a golf club."

He returns to action with Collin Morikawa hoping to wrestle away the No.1 ranking after the American faltered in his final round of competition in 2021 with the top spot at his mercy.

PGA Tour player of the year Patrick Cantlay won the final two events of last season to capture the FedExCup but could be rusty having not played a tournament since helping the US win the Ryder Cup in late September.

Phil Mickelson will tee it up at Kapalua for the first time in 21 years while Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth are expected to contend.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FIRST-ROUND TEE TIMES FOR AUSTRALIANS

Friday 7.30am: Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones

Friday 8.00am: Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith

Friday 8.35am: Cam Davis

* All times AEDT

with AP

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