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What a “Champ”!
Cameron Champ wins his third PGA Tour tournament by taking out the 3M Open in Minnesota.
Champ who missed the cut of his five previous tournaments said that he was playing the best golf of his life and it was on display today with a 5 under 66 to win by 2 shots over Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel.
He was nearly flawless over the weekend. He made a double on the 14th on Saturday along with the 11 birdies over the 2 days. He finished with 5 birdies on the Sunday and almost lost the tournament with his drive on the last hole. With a 2 shot leading heading into the last, Champ pulled his drive which brought double into play. He chipped out only 57 yards and still had 207 yards to the hole in the left rough.
With water on the front of the green, Champ decided to lay up again and chipped it another 95 yards leaving him 127 yards to the hole. His 4th was as good as they come knocking the ball to 3 feet and calmly rolling the putt in for par.
“Obvoiusly,” Champ said, “I made it a little interesting.”
“You know, we're still young,” Champ said. “I just turned 26. Obviously, I've done a lot and I've had some success, but at the end of the day I still have to figure out myself and how I'm going to manage both of those sides.
“After Detroit (Rocket Mortgage) I just took a step back and said, ‘You know what? This is enough, I can't keep going on this way, I'm not enjoying the game, it's not fun, and in order for me to enjoy the game and for it to be fun, I have to be true to myself and who I truly am as a person.’ That's kind of how I've been on the course.”
“I'm married, now I have responsibilities, soon I want to start a family with my wife,” Champ said. “Again, for me, it's more so realizing what I want to do in the game of golf and then who I want to be at home. It's a balance you have to find, and if you don't, it can really haunt you. … I just feel like the last two months I've been in a lot better head space and kind of realizing what is truly important to me and what is not.”