About Rhys Davies

By J.D. Chi

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Welsh golfer Rhys Davies turned pro in 2007 and plays on the European and European Challenge tours. Though he has not won on the European Tour, Davies got his first professional victory at the SWALEC Wales Challenge on the Challenge Tour in July 2009. Davies is also an excellent cricket player but chose to play golf professionally.

European Tour

Davies' best finish was T6 at the Open de Andalucia de Golf in 2009. He qualified for play on the tour by finishing T4 at Q School in 2008. Davies has played in two British Opens, finishing T96 in 2009; he did not make the cut in 2008.

Challenge Tour

Davies' Challenge Tour victory made him the first Welshman to win on that tour since 2007. Two weeks later, Davies finished second at the SK Golf Challenge, losing to Nicolas Colsaerts in a playoff.

Amateur Career

Davies played college golf at East Tennessee State, where he was ranked as high at No. 4 nationally. He was a first-team All-American three times and the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2005-06. Davies represented Europe on the Palmer and Walker Cup teams and won the 2003 British Boys Amateur.


During his single full season on the European Tour, Davies averaged about 275 yards off the tee, 72 strokes per round and 1.79 putts per hole. Davies struggles with accuracy, averaged just 59.42 percent in fairways in regulation and 63.33 percent in greens in regulation.


Davies was born Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 28, 1985, and resides in Bridgend, Wales. He was a sports management major at East Tennessee State.

About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.