Cameron Champ wins Safeway Open for 2nd victory in as many seasons on Tour
Number of victories on the PGA Tour, in as many seasons, for American Cameron Champ, who won the Safeway Open on Sunday in Napa, Calif. Champ, 24, who grew up in Sacramento, shot 3-under 69 for a 17-under 271 total and one-stroke victory at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course. He was playing with a heavy heart after recently getting news that his paternal grandfather, Mack Champ, who introduced Cameron to golf, had entered a hospice center because of terminal stomach cancer. Champ won the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship in only his second start as a Tour rookie. One group ahead of Champ in the final round at Silverado, Canadian Adam Hadwin birdied the last three holes to shoot 67 and grab a share of the lead. Champ needed to birdie the 556-yard, par-5 18th to avoid a playoff. He bombed a 369-yard tee shot and hit the green in two, leaving 47 feet to get down in two to win. Champ sank a 3½-foot putt for the victory. On Friday, Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was playing on a sponsor exemption, missed his fourth cut in as many starts on the PGA Tour, after rounds of 70-78 (scores).
Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that China’s Yuxin Lin made on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Shanghai. Lin birdied the par-5 18th hole twice in the playoff at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai to hold off Japan’s Takumi Kanaya, the defending champion. Moments earlier, Lin bogeyed No. 18 to shoot 4-under 68 and drop into a tie with Kanaya, the No. 1-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, at 10-under 278. Kanaya had missed a potential winning putt for birdie from 5 feet on the 72nd hole that would have made him the first player to successfully defend his title since countryman Hideki Matsuyama in 2011. Lin and Kanaya birdied the 18th in the first hole of sudden death before Lin blasted from a greenside bunker to 3 feet for the winning putt. Lin, 18, a college freshman at Southern California and the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, earned invitations to the Masters and British Open next year (scores).
Number of strokes by which South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur won the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis. Hur, 29, closed with a 4-under 68 and 21-under 267 total at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course to cruise to her fourth career victory and second this season, after the Ladies Scottish Open seven weeks earlier. Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen (67) finished second at 17-under 271. Hur became the sixth player to earn multiple victories on the LPGA this season. South Korea’s Jin Young Ko leads the multi-winners, with four. South Koreans Sei Young Kim and Sung Hyun Park, Australia’s Hannah Green and Canada’s Brooke Henderson have won two times apiece (scores).
Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that American Kirk Triplett made on the first sudden-death playoff hole to defeat Billy Andrade and win the Champions Tour’s Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Triplett shot 5-under 67 to match Andrade (69) at 9-under 206 after 54 holes before they returned to the iconic seaside par-5 18th to decide the event. Triplett, 57, posted his eighth career victory on the 50-and-older tour, including two this season and three for his career at Pebble Beach (scores).
Number of months that Victor Perez has been based in Dundee, Scotland, as the Frenchman used his links knowledge to win the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Perez shot 2-under 70 at the Old Course to complete a 22-under 266 total and one-stroke victory, his first on the European Tour. England’s Matthew Southgate (71) finished runner-up at 21-under 267. Perez, 27, was a 2018 Challenge Tour graduate. During the first 54 holes, professionals and amateurs rotated among the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. For the final round, the top 60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 lowest-scoring pro-am teams, returned to the Old Course (scores).
Number of starts since her last victory on the Symetra Tour for Spain’s Marta Sanz Barrio, who won the IOC Golf Classic in Longwood, Fla. Sanz, 27, closed with a 2-under 69 for a 13-under 200 and one-stroke victory at Alaqua Country Club. She jumped to 13th on the season money list, from which the top 10 will earn LPGA status for 2020. Sanz, who played college golf at Auburn, won the 2018 FireKeepers Casino Hotel event (scores).