BY HELEN LAME´
Sacramento’s Cameron Champ scored an emotional victory at the Safeway Open in Napa Sunday evening, sinking a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to hold off a late charge by Canada’s Adam Hadwin for his second PGA tour victory by firing a 17-under 271 for the tournament.
Champ, who entered the day with a three stroke lead over Hadwin, Nick Taylor and Sebastián Muñoz, delivered a near perfect performance over the course of four days at Silverado Resort, shooting rounds of 67-68-67-69 to capture the tournament’s $ 1.1 million winner’s share. His triumph came as he demonstrated incredible focus while carrying a heavy heart as his grandfather, who introduced him to golf as a child, is battling Stage 4 stomach cancer and is in hospice at their family home just over an hour away.
Hadwin, a 31-year old University of Louisville graduate, mounted a furious push by birdying the final three holes Sunday, shooting back-to-back rounds of 67 over the weekend to put added pressure on Champ before he could post his second career win.
Australian Marc Leishman who shot a 7-under par 65 on Sunday, finished in third place three strokes back. Americans Charles Howell III, Justin Thomas and Zac Blair all tied for fourth at 13-under.
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