Emotional Champ dedicates victory to sick grandfather
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Oct 01, 2019,
Oct 01, 2019, 11:01
Cameron Champ broke down in tears when it was over.
There were emotional scenes after the victory was confirmed as Champ's grandfather was watching from home as he continues to battle cancer. Mack introduced Champ to golf at a young age.
"I feel like I've had points like this in my career before - most obvious to me was in 2012, where I played great all year and didn't win".
"I made a couple of good putts, that was obviously awesome", world number 11 DeChambeau said after his second straight bogey-free round. I really haven't fiddled with it since the Tour Championship and just kind of keep the routine going and the rhythm. "Everything fell into place".
"We waited until he flew in on Sunday", Champ's father said. "I've had some struggles sometimes", DeChambeau said. "I showed up Thursday and teed it up with no practice round, nothing". The whole week there was nothing else on my mind.
For that reason, I'll be taking Tony to make the cut at +400 and rooting him on Friday afternoon. "I knew I had to do something special". "Did a little putting and had a small workout, then a nap".
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Romo birdied the first hole of his day, the 10th, and carded another birdie against a bogey to make the turn at -1.
Champ bogeyed No. 8, but rebounded with a birdie on No. 9. He made eight birdies in a seven-under 65 round to set the clubhouse lead at 14 under par.
His grandfather is the man responsible for getting Champ into the game, and the victor said: "I think it was just kind of meant to be".
Champ defended his first PGA title, from last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, last week and then flew to California, where he was told his grandfather's condition had him in hospice care at home. He finished T24 at the 2019-2020 season-opener at the Greenbrier before missing the cut last week in Mississippi.
Marc Leishman also came close to challening the leaders on the final day but left himself just too much to do.