Cameron Champ

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Cameron Champ
Personal information
Born (1995-06-15) June 15, 1995 (age 25)
Sacramento, California
Nationality United States
ResidenceHouston, Texas
CollegeTexas A&M University
Turned professional2017
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Professional wins3
Highest ranking67 (November 15, 2020)[1]
(as of June 13, 2021)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT19: 2020
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2020
U.S. OpenT32: 2017
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Cameron Mackray Champ (born June 15, 1995) is an American professional golfer from Sacramento, California.[2]

College career[edit]

For the Texas A&M Aggies he won the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational and finished in the top 10 of six other tournaments. He finished second to Adam Wise in the Pac-12 Robert Brandi Invitational.[3]

2017 U.S. Open[edit]

Champ qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open through sectional qualifying, where he had to compete in a playoff.[4] It was his first major appearance.[5] After two rounds, he was tied for eighth place,[6] and was also leading the driving distance statistics.[7] Along with Scottie Scheffler, he was one of only two amateurs to make the cut.[8] Scheffler finished as the low amateur at 1-under-par, while Champ finished at even-par.

Professional career[edit]

In December 2017, Champ tied for 16th in the Tour Qualifying Tournament.[9] This earned him a place on the Tour for the start of 2018.

During the 2018 Tour season, Champ won the 2018 Utah Championship in July 2018.[10] He earned his tour card for the 2018–19 PGA Tour season by earning $253,731 and finishing 6th in the 2018 Tour regular season.[10]

On October 28, 2018, Champ won his first PGA Tour title by winning the Sanderson Farms Championship with a score of −21.[11] Over and above his win, Champ had an excellent 2018 Fall Series, finishing T25 at the Safeway Open, T28 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, T10 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and 6th at the RSM Classic. This brought his world ranking up to 97 as of November 19, 2018 and left him 6th on the FedEx Cup standings heading into the 2019 calendar year.

Champ is known for being one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. In 2017, Champ registered a 129.79 mph average clubhead speed in his debut at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.[12]

Champ has worked with instructor Sean Foley since age 14 and although he hits a lower ball flight than the average long hitter on the PGA Tour, Champ was the longest driver on tour for the 2018–19 season with a 317.1 yard average. For the 2018 tour season, Champ averaged 343.1 yards off the tee and led the 2017 U.S. Open in driving distance at 337 yards.

On September 29, 2019, Champ won the Safeway Open with a birdie at the 72nd hole. It was his first win in a full−strength PGA Tour tournament.

On June 23, 2020, prior to the Travelers Championship, Champ became the second PGA Tour player to test positive for COVID-19 after Nick Watney did the week before.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Champ is of mixed black and white descent. His father is biracial (black and white), while Cameron's mother is white.[14][15] Cameron's father Jeff played two seasons of professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization.[16][17]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Oct 28, 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship 65-70-64-68=267 −21 4 strokes Canada Corey Conners
2 Sep 29, 2019 Safeway Open 67-68-67-69=271 −17 1 stroke Canada Adam Hadwin Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jul 15, 2018 Utah Championship 61-64-67-68=260 −24 1 stroke United States Steven Ihm

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T32
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 2019 2020 2021
Masters Tournament T19 T26
PGA Championship T54 T10 CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship NT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2019 2020 2021
The Players Championship WD C CUT

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2020 2021
Championship T48
Match Play NT1
Invitational T25
Champions NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 46 2020 Ending 15 Nov 2020" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Herrington, Ryan (June 16, 2017). "Meet the amateur bomber who's powered his way on to the U.S. Open leader board". Golf Digest. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Sobel, Jason (June 16, 2017). "Cameron Champ dazzles with long drives, low scores at U.S. Open". ESPN. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (June 16, 2017). "Meet amateur Cameron Champ, who averaged 350-yard drives Thursday at U.S. Open". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Romine, Brentley (June 14, 2017). "Cameron Champ's journey to U.S. Open is one of redemption". Golfweek. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Townsend, Brad (June 16, 2017). "No Aggie joke: Texas A&M's Cameron Champ tied for eighth in U.S. Open while Johnson, McIlroy, Day watch from grandstand". SportsDay. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Ritter, Jeff (June 16, 2017). "At halftime of the U.S. Open, long-hitting amateur Cameron Champ is living up to his name". Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Cameron Champ shoots 69, finds top 10 at U.S. Open". June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Prise, Kevin (December 10, 2017). "Meet the 45 (and ties): Who advanced through Final Stage?". PGA Tour.
  10. ^ a b "Cameron Champ – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Berhow, Josh (October 28, 2018). "The 30-second guide to the Sanderson Farms Championship: Who won, best shot and more". Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Myers, Alex (November 15, 2017). "How fast are PGA Tour clubhead speeds? The answer has changed a LOT in the past decade". Golf Digest. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Harig, Bob (June 23, 2020). "Cameron Champ out of Travelers after testing positive for COVID-19". ESPN.
  14. ^ "The backstory for Texas A&M's Cameron Champ even better than his U.S. Open score". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 17, 2017.
  15. ^ Ritter, Jeff (June 16, 2017). "At halftime of the U.S. Open, long-hitting amateur Cameron Champ is living up to his name".
  16. ^ Minor league statistics for Jeff Champ
  17. ^ "Rosaforte: Champ's family struggle with racism". Golf Channel. October 30, 2018.

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