Cameron Champ used a clutch birdie at the par-5 18th on Sunday in Napa, Calif., to hold off Adam Hadwin of Canada by one stroke and win his second career PGA Tour title.
Champ, 24, led by four strokes midway through the back nine before Hadwin charged with three straight birdies to finish his round. After Champ missed a four-footer for par at No. 17, Hadwin’s birdie on the 18th lifted him temporarily into a tie for the lead.
But Champ regrouped quickly, bombing a 369-yard drive off the 18th tee at the Silverado Resort North course, the longest on the hole by any player all week. That left him just 198 yards from the pin for his second shot, which he put on the green inside of 50 feet.
From there, Champ calmly two-putted for victory, sinking a putt just under four feet to clinch at 17-under 271. The birdie capped a round of 3-under 69.
All the emotions. ❤️
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The win came two days after Champ announced his grandfather is battling Stage 4 stomach cancer. Champ had “PaPa Champ” written on his shoes and golf balls in honor of his grandfather. After the winning putt, he was greeted by his father for an emotional moment on the green, with Champ’s grandfather on the phone to join in the celebration.
“No matter if I win one more tournament, 10 more tournaments, whatever it may be, this will be the greatest moment of my golf career,” said Champ following his round.
Having begun the day with a three-stroke lead, Champ got off to a strong start and looked like he’d never be threatened. He birdied the first, then made two more at Nos. 5 and 6. He bounced back from a bogey at the eighth with a birdie at No. 9.
Despite some trouble on the back, Champ stayed in control with a key par save at the 11th, chipping in from 15 feet for par. He parred the first seven holes of the back before the missed putt at 17.
Hadwin had eight birdies and three bogeys in an eventful round of 67.
Australia’s Marc Leishman finished alone in third at 14 under after shooting 65, tied for the day’s low.
Justin Thomas (69), Charles Howell III (68) and Zac Blair (68) tied for fourth at 13 under.
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