Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Champ sinks demanding 18 to 3rd PGA Tour victory



Champ sinks demanding 18 to 3rd PGA Tour victory

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cameron Champ poses with the trophy after earning $1.2 million for winning the 3M Open at the Twin Cities course in Blaine, Minnesota. AFP

Champ sinks demanding 18 to 3rd PGA Tour victory

Cameron Champ sank a tap-in par putt on the treacherous par-five 18th hole Sunday at the 3M Open for a five-under 66 and his third career victory on the PGA Tour.

The 26-year-old American had to overcome a bout of dehydration on the back nine and a wobble off the tee at the par-five closing hole to top the leaderboard at the Twin Cities golf course with a 15-under 269.

Champ clinched the two stroke victory with a dazzling approach shot on 18 that sailed over the pin then spun backwards. But Champ didn’t get there without a moment of frustration after his drive on 18 sailed way left and landed in the tallest grass on the course.

“I made it a little interesting,” said Champ. “I made a great approach to save par.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot a 66 and tied for second with fellow South African Charl Schwartzel (68) and Jhonattan Vegas (68).

American Keith Mitchell finished in solo fifth at 12 under and Canada’s Adam Hadwin (68), the second round co-leader, highlighted a group of five golfers tied for sixth at 11 under, four shots adrift of Champ.

For the fourth straight day the finishing hole at Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota proved to be back breaker with its mini-lake at the front that swallowed 124 golf balls.

Bout of dehydration

Number 18 is ranked the most difficult par five on the PGA Tour for a reason as Champ found out this week.

His tee shot landed in the deep grass forcing him to have to punch out to get back on the fairway. He would go on to nail his 127 yard approach shot to just two feet setting up an easy putt for the victory.

Champ, who earned $1.2 million for the win, also had to overcome a bout of dehydration on the back nine, taking a break between the 15th and 16th holes to clear his head.

“I got dehydrated,” he said. “My body started getting light headed.”

Champ hopes this win means he has turned the corner after a string of disappointing results this season including missing 11 cuts. This is just his second top 10 finish this year.

“Everybody peaks and develops at different times and I have always been a late bloomer,” he said.

Oosthuizen, of Mossel Bay, had a strong finishing kick in the fourth round, rolling in birdies on three of his final four holes in his tournament debut.

He began his round with a birdie, followed by a bogey then sank two more birdies on his front nine.

The red-hot Oosthuizen was seeking his first win on US soil after posting four top-10s in his past six starts.

The 3M featured a watered down field as it was being played alongside the men’s golf tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

MOST VIEWED

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested