Cameron Champ Earns Second Career Victory in Napa
Napa, CA – Cameron Champ (-17) earned his second career victory early in the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season at the 2019 Safeway Open. After entering the day with a 3 shot 54-hole lead, Champ kept up his solid play and kept his nerve down the stretch to shoot 69 and finish 1 ahead of Adam Hadwin, who birdied his last three holes to finish in solo second.
The win will mean more to Champ than most. Early in the week, Champ’s grandfather, Mack Champ entered hospice care with stage IV stomach cancer just down the road at the Champ family home in Sacramento. Aside from having an extraordinarily close relationship with his grandfather, Mack was the one who introduced young Cam to the game of golf.
After winning early last season and then struggling to contend most of the rest of the year, Champ will hope his performance this week will be a sign of things to come. In addition to hitting the ball in the fairway and dealing with firm greens, Champ was able to consistently make clutch mid-range putts when needed.
Other players who put forth notable performances this week included Zac Blair, who is back for another stint on the PGA Tour and playing well with a -13 T4 finish; Xinjun Zhang, also a Korn Ferry Tour graduate giving the PGA Tour another shot at age 32, finished T7 at -12; and Marc Leishman finished in solo third after vaulting up the leaderboard with a Sunday 65.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas for the Shiners Hospitals for Children Open. Bryson DeChambeau will defend his title there in a field that also includes Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, and Phil Mickelson.
Cameron Champ What’s In The Bag
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged 50°, 54° (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Ping PLD Prime Tyne Prototype
Ball: Srixon Z Star XV