Date of birth: 28/05/1985
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Height and weight: 185cm 74kgs (6ft1in 11st 8lb)
Interests: Cricket, all sports
Turned Pro: 2007
Qualifying School: (2007), (08)
The European Ryder Cup team could be headed to Celtic Manor in Wales with a home favourite in their ranks after Rhys Davies captured the Hassan II trophy in Morocco recently. Twenty four year old Davies, from Bridgend is in his first full year on the main Tour, having graduated from the Challenge Tour. Davies first played golf on a small nine hole course in Barry with his Dad but he did not join a club until he was 11 years old. The former Brynteg Comprehensive School pupil, enjoyed an outstanding amateur career in college golf in the USA. He combined his golf with a business degree at East Tennessee University, where local media called him "the best player to ever play" at the college. In his final year there in 2007 Davies extended his own ETSU record for career individual titles to 10 and became the first UK player to reach number one in America since Graeme McDowell achieved the feat in 2002 while at Alabama State. Davies also played twice in the Walker Cup (he won both his singles matches). He turned pro after the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down. Davies would not be drawn on his chances of becoming a Ryder Cup player in Wales ahead of the October event. "That's way out of my equation at the moment. This is the first win, hopefully the first of a few, and it's really special." Davies currently lies 81st in the official world rankings and his aim is to climb into the top 50 in order to gain entry to the lucrative events where more Ryder Cup points are available.
Davies was welcomed into the winner's enclosure in Rabat to the strains of Flower of Scotland. Glasgow's Clarkston Pipe Band did the music and, as it turned out, the tune was highly appropriate. "I was actually born in Edinburgh as was my younger sister before we moved to Wales when I was two years old. I have lived there ever since,”said Davies. "My father worked for the Scottish Sports Council.”
Davies putting hero is Phil Mickelson and like him uses a Ping blade putter. His original blade was a present from his parents while at a college at ETSU. According to former coach and head PGA pro at Royal Porthcawl, Peter Evans "His putting stroke is incredible and always has been. A blade is an old-fashioned style of putter where your putting stroke is absolutely critical and he's got wonderful technique and a wonderful feel to the putter. His speed putting is the best I have ever seen."
Just Not Cricket Old Boy
Rhys was quite the sportsman in his formative years, excelling at cricket. Having represented Glamorgan and Wales at the crease, he had to choose between playing cricket or golf professionally as a teenager. Still a huge fan, Davies lists the Ashes as the one event he would pay money to see. One of his sporting heroes growing up was Darren Gough.
Longest Drive: 316
Average Drive: 283.8
Fairway Hit %: 55.5 (136 th)
Greens in Regulation: 11.5 gir (145th)
Putts per round: 28.2 ppr
Putts per GIR: 1.714