Refocused Champ secures victory

26 July 2021 17:56:56 GMTPlus10

American Cameron Champ produced a faultless final round to win the 3M Open by two shots and claim his third title on the PGA Tour.

The 26-year-old started Sunday's final round in fourth, but a round of 66 helped him finish on top of the pile, and he continues to impress as he goes in search of his first major in 2022.

Champ is 126.00 to win The Masters next year and he will be doing all he can to qualify for the USA team for this year's Ryder Cup.

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Champ ended the week on 15-under-par, and he kept his composure to overcome some of the world's best players. Louis Oosthuizen also shot 66 to climb up 14 places on the leaderboard as he shared second with fellow South African Charl Schwartzel and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas.

Keith Mitchell finished alone in fifth on 12-under-par, while Mito Pereira, Adam Hadwin, Brian Stuard, K.H. Lee and Ryan Armour shared sixth place.

Champ has had to do it the hard way so far this season after missing the cut on 11 occasions on the PGA Tour. He says he took some time to work out what is important to him and now believes he can achieve more as his career progresses.

He told the PGA Tour: "You know, I'm still young. I just turned 26. Obviously, I've done a lot, and I've had some success.

"After Detroit (Rocket Mortgage), I just took a step back and said, 'You know what? This is enough, I can't keep going on this way, I'm not enjoying the game, it's not fun'.

"In order for me to enjoy the game and for it to be fun, I have to be true to myself and who I truly am as a person. That's kind of how I've been on the course."

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