Cameron Champ Lives Up to His Name by Winning 3M Open
Monday, July 26th, 2021
Cameron Champ’s final-round 5-under 66 on Sunday not only propelled him to a win at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, but his PGA Tour win of the year also sent him from 142nd to 49th in the FedEx Cup standings.
With just two tournaments remaining before the playoffs start, the top 125 automatically qualify, so Cameron Champ is now in great position.
Cameron Champ has had a better July after starting the 2021 campaign by missing nine of 16 cuts prior to finishing tied for 11th at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago. The win here in Blaine, Minnesota was his first top-10 finish since last October. He had won an event each in both 2019—his first year as a pro—and 2020 prior to his struggles this year.
Louis Oosthuizen, who faltered in the final round of the Open Championship last weekend after leading that major for much of the tournament, also shot a 66 here on Sunday by birdieing three of the final four holes, good enough to send him up to second place on the final leaderboard. It’s the South Africa’s fourth runner-up finish in his last seven starts.
Jhonattan Vegas, the first-round leader, and Charl Schwartzel also finished tied for second with Oosthuizen.
It’s turning into a curse to have the lead at a PGA tournament after three rounds. Cameron Tringale led by a stroke going into Sunday but fell out of contention after a triple bogey on the 13th hole. Over the last 13 PGA Tour events, Phil Mickelson’s win at the PGA Championship was the only time in that span that a leader after play on Saturday ended up winning the event.
The PGA Tour now takes a one-week break while several pros’ head over to Tokyo to play in the Olympic tournament. The next scheduled event is the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee from Aug. 5-8.