Before they turned pro: Cameron Champ
- Texas A&M photo
has spent his short PGA Tour career in the shadow of the class of 2019, as players like Collin Morikawa
, Viktor Hovland
and Matthew Wolff
get the (well-deserved) attention.
But Champ is quietly on quite the upward trajectory himself. The former Texas A&M star picked up his third PGA Tour win in as many years on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 66 at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota.
The Sacramento, Calif. native has long been known for his seemingly effortless power, a sharp contrast to other power hitters like Bryson DeChambeau
who have relied on drastic body transformations to achieve distance gains.
As an amateur, Champ demonstrated his potential with wins in major events like the Trans-Mississippi Championship
, Patriot All-America
, and Memorial Amateur
. He represented the United States throughout junior and college, starting with the Junior PGA Ryder Cup Team and Toyota Junior World Cup Team, and reaching the peak as a member of the victorious 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team
Champ left Texas A&M early to turn pro
and attempt Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, through which he advanced easily, and less than a year later he was a PGA Tour winner.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Cameron Champ the amateur:
Cameron Champ in hunt at Nor Cal Open
Sep 10, 2013 - Eighteen year old high school student Cameron Champ (Sacramento, CA) continued his position as the lead amateur with a two-day score of 1-under par 141