Champ completes wire-to-wire first PGA win

US Tour

Rookie Cameron Champ lived up to his name on Sunday as he claimed a first US PGA title with a four-stroke victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 23-year-old birdied five of the last six holes for a 68 to finish 21-under par and complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi in just his ninth start on the tour.

“It just means everything, all the hard work over the years, all the sacrifices my family made for me to have this opportunity. Now to be a PGA Tour winner is just unreal.”

The late birdie blitz helped Champ see of the challenge of Corey Conners, who also shot a 68 to finish on 17 under.

Champ started the day with a four-shot lead, but back-to-back bogeys on seven and eight saw his advantage reduced, before Connors grabbed a share of the lead at the turn as the Canadian birdied the ninth.

The duo stayed tied until the 14th as Champ began to drain putts, holing out for birdie on 14, 15, 16 and 18 – a run that Connors could not match.

“Today was a new experience for me,” Champ said. “The front side was a little bit of nerves. The back side I put it all together and brought it home.”

Carlos Ortiz (64) and Sam Burns (68) finished in a tie for third place on 15 under, while Roberto Castro (65) and Anders Albertson (66) were a shot further back in T5.

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